Santolina chamaecyparissus
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Santolina chamaecyparissus

lavender cotton

  family asteraceae 
  genus santolina 

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Genus  Santolina Species  chamaecyparissus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  lavender cotton Family  ASTERACEAE Specimen number  S11279 Data source  HtZn p166;Frgnt p130;Xeri p299
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Loam Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 06a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This plant is often used in areas with seaside conditions. The leaves of Santolina chamaecyparissus have a mild resinous aroma. Lavender cotton can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -10� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. The best soil for this species has a texture that is loamy. It does well in dry soils. This plant is drought tolerant.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses  Seaside conditions Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  aromatic leaves. pleasantly aromatic when brushed, strongly bitter when brui Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Resinous Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Santolina chamaecyparissus is thought to originate from Mediterranean.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Santolina chamaecyparissus is a perennial. Flowers: Lavender cotton has tiny button like flowers on the ends of tall leafy stalks. The flowers are usually a yellow color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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