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Santolina chamaecyparissus

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.
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Full sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationsan-tow-LEEN-ah kam-e-sip-ar-IS-us
LoreIn France this plant was known as garde robe, because sprigs were used in closets and trunks to repel moths.
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Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 1½ ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Firewise, Green Roof, Rock Garden, Edging, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsThrift (Armeria); Dianthus (Dianthus); Catmint (Nepeta); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga); Creeping Phlox (Phlox)

Thrives 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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