Scientific Name: Santolina chamaecyparissus L.
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Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 0°F ( -18°C)
Heat Tolerance: Good, takes reflected heat
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Origin: Spain, Morocco
Growth Habits: Evergreen subshrub up to 2 feet tall (60 cm), 3 feet in diameter (90 cm)
Watering Needs: Low water usage when established, water every couple of weeks in summer in Phoenix. Needs good drainage.
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings in summer
The species name 'chamaecyparissus' means 'dwarf cypress'.
The Lavender cotton is used as edging or ground cover. It is generally trimmed at 1 foot tall, which makes it look fuller. Plant 3 feet (90 cm) apart when used as ground cover, 18 inches apart (45 cm) when used as edging. Replace after a few years when the plant eventually becomes ragged
The flowers of the Santolina are bright yellow, coming in summer on plants that haven't been sheared.