Santolina chamaecyparissusItem #7040 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
Fragrant, dense mound with attractive grayish-silver foliage. Displays small, bright yellow flowers in summer. Attractive groundcover or edging for walks or borders. Good foreground for herb garden. Drought tolerant when established. Evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:san-tow-LEEN-ah kam-e-sip-ar-IS-usPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:3 - 24, 27, 29, 30, 32 - 35, 39Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 1½ ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:SummerFlower color:YellowFlower attributesFragrantDesign IdeasThis makes a lovely edging for the herb garden or English-style border. Combine with the all green species into a checkerboard groundcover. A valuable source of solid gray foliage in Mediterranean style planting. It can be sheared for a more formal look, which will also keep the growth more dense.Companion PlantsContrast the mounding silver-gray foliage of this Cotton with a vertical form, such as Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica). Or, combine with the sword-like foliage of Bronze New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum Compactum'). For good color contrast, add the deep-purple foliage of Royal Purple Smoke Tree (Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple') to the planting.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a neat appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This drought resistant species is a native of the Mediterranean where aromatic foliage protects it from browsing wildlife. It came into cultivation early on as a natural pesticidal herb but later became popular in Tudor knot garden pattern making. Its name translates to holy flax, even though this relates to no aspect of its use.Lore:In France this plant was known as garde robe, because sprigs were used in closets and trunks to repel moths.