• 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
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:san-tow-LEEN-ah kam-e-sip-ar-IS-us
    Plant type:Shrub
    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
    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, 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    In France this plant was known as garde robe, because sprigs were used in closets and trunks to repel moths.


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