Gray Santolina

Gray Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus), is a wonderful Mediterranean herb with aromatic silver foliage that covers itself with hundreds of deep yellow button-shaped flowers in summer. 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.
Zones6 - 9
Bee Friendly
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Winter Interest
Good For Cut Flowers
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Containers
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 12-24" tall
Mature Spread24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
Shipping DetailsNow shipping to zones 2-10.
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Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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This wonderful Old World herb, native to the Mediterranean region of Europe, has aromatic foliage and deep yellow flowers. With evergreen foliage and eye-catching flowers, Gray Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus) is perfect for rock gardens, low-water gardens, xeriscapes, and lawn alternatives. 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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Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
'Gray Lavender Cotton
Botanical Name
Santolina chamaecyparissus
6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
12-24" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Groundcover, Great For Mass Plantings, Winter Interest, Evergreen, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To Canada
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