• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 1½ ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Aromatic Foliage
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:san-tow-LEEN-ah kam-e-sip-ar-IS-us
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:3 - 24, 27, 29, 30, 32 - 35, 39
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 1½ ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design 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 PlantsThrift (Armeria); Dianthus (Dianthus); Catmint (Nepeta); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga); Creeping Phlox (Phlox)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in average, loose, soils with excellent drainage; avoid overly wet and heavily enriched soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Remove spent flowers for a tidy appearance. Prune to shape in late winter.Pruning time: late winter or early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.