Green Lavender Cotton

Santolina virens

A tidy, neat mound with attractive, bright green, fragrant foliage and a showy display of gold button flowers on wiry stems. An effective groundcover or edging for walks or borders. Good foreground for an herb garden. Heat and drought tolerant. Evergreen.
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8 - 9

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Full sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationsan-tow-LEEN-ah VY-renz
LoreThis species and its cousin, S. chamaecyparissuswere cultivated in France as a pantry insect repellent.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall and slightly wider.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasUse as a divider in the garden, as an edger along a path or in front of a shrub border. An essential of knot gardens. Drought resistance is ideal for xersicape planting in beds and borders. Add to Mediterranean style landscapes both in ground and in pots. Cute in aged terra cotta sheared into neat forms.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Green Roof, Rock Garden, Edging, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

Thrives in loose, soils with excellent drainage; avoid overly wet soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply a general purpose fertilizer in spring. Prune annually after flowering for a tidy, compact appearance.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 9

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