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Green Santolina

Santolina rosmarinifolia
SKU: HC017876
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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Green Santolina (Santolina rosmarinifolia) is a Mediterranean herb with fine aromatic foliage that resembles Rosemary. The plant is covered with showy yellow button-shaped flowers in mid to late spring. The mounding evergreen foliage is an attractive groundcover that’s completely deer and rabbit resistant, and the fragrant foliage and flowers can also be used in sachets. Ideal for gardens with hot, dry summers, and full sun.
key features
Botanical Name
Santolina rosmarinifolia
Growing Zones
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Evergreen, Mass Plantings, Container Planting, Rock Gardens
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer


Green Santolina (Santolina rosmarinifolia) is an aromatic Mediterranean herb with evergreen foliage and a spray of yellow flowers in summer. This herb can be used in a knot garden or as a low hedge; If you have success with growing Lavender, your garden should be a good place to grow Santolina, which is also known as Lavender Cotton. Santolina was introduced in the US in the 1950s, and have since naturalized in some areas of California. It prefers sandy, rocky, lean soils, but is adaptable, and can also be planted in loam or clay, as long as it is well-drained, has plenty of sun, and lots of air circulation. Avoid planting in humid climates, or into unamended clay or rich garden loam. Water regularly to establish Santolina, but grow them on the dry side from the second growing season and beyond. It is fairly short-lived, about 3-5 years. Prune in the late winter or spring to prevent it from getting leggy or woody; it can be divided in spring or fall. Resinous foliage is completely deer and rabbit resistant, and highly resistant to pests - the foliage and flowers can also be used in sachets to keep away clothes moths. Other xeric companion plants that grow well with Santolina include Teucrium (Germander), Creeping Thyme (Thymus), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus).
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