Santolina chamaecyparissus

13 Jul

Santolina chamaecyparissus (18/06/2011, Walworth London)

Santolina chamaecyparissus (18/06/2011, Walworth London)

Position: Flourishes in full sun.

Soil: Well drained.

Flowering period: Summer.

Eventual Height: 75cm

Eventual Spread: 1m

Hardiness: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Asteraceae

Santolina chamaecyparissus is an evergreen shrub with a dense, rounded habit. Its shoots are covered in woolly, white growth and bear narrowly oblong, finely toothed leaves which also appear white. Bright yellow, hermaphroditic flower heads are borne in mid to late summer.

Santolina chamaecyparissus flower (18/06/2011, Walworth London)

Santolina chamaecyparissus flower (18/06/2011, Walworth London)

Santolina chamaecyparissus, commonly known as Cotton Lavender, is native to the Mediterranean region but has been widely naturalised in the UK. It has been used as flavouring in broths and sauces but due to its medicinally active compounds this is not a widespread activity. Its medicinal properties are not widely documented and as such it is not widely used for this purpose either.

Santolina is derived from the ancient Greek and refers to a Wormwood found in the country of Santones in Gaul. Chamaecyparissus is derived from the Latin meaning ground-cypress.

The landscape architect may find Santolina chamaecyparissus useful as an aromatic low informal hedge. Once established it is tolerant of maritime conditions and is drought tolerant.

Santolina chamaecyparissus Leaf (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Santolina chamaecyparissus Leaf (03/07/2015, Walworth, London)

Ecologically, Santolina chamaecyparissus flowers are attractive to pollinating insects including honey bees. However, it has been known to repel the adult stages of some lepidoptera.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given a number of varieties of Santolina chamaecyparissus their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Santolina chamaecyparissus prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Santolina chamaecyparissus requires little to no maintenance. Dead or damaged material may be removed in spring. This plant will tolerate a hard pruning but this will reduce flowering as its inflorescence appears on second year wood (the above image would be a mass of flowers had not been pruned last year).


5 Responses to “Santolina chamaecyparissus”

  1. Sar Vuthy 27/12/2012 at 13:49 #

    can u help me? i need more information about this plant?
    u can send to me pls?
    my email AD:
    thanks 4 ur information

    • Davis Landscape Architecture 27/12/2012 at 14:21 #

      Khmer, we try to included as much information reliant to the landscape architect as we can. What additional information are you looking for?

      • Sar Vuthy 27/12/2012 at 14:33 #

        all information of this plant. i need all. for example: composition, santolina oil.dungjthe uses of santolina oil…and more if u have?

  2. Davis Landscape Architecture 27/12/2012 at 14:43 #

    This is outside of my area of expertise. I found this weblink which may be of use to you, good luck:

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