Santolina chamaecyparissusItem #7040 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
A dense, mounding, woody shrub with attractive, aromatic, finely textured, silver-gray foliage. Produces small, bright yellow flowers in the summer. Creates a very attractive groundcover or edging for walks and borders. Works well in the foreground of an 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 growing; reaches 1½ ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:SummerFlower color:YellowFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, loose, soils with excellent drainage; avoid overly wet and heavily enriched soils. Water deeply, regularly during 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
- 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.