Cotton Lavender (Santolina chamaecyparissus) Herb in 9cm Pot.
Cotton Lavender or Grey Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus) is a native of the Mediterranean region. Despite its common name it is not related to Lavender. This hardy evergreen shrub prefers light well-drained soil and a sunny position, and once established will produce a showy display of silvery grey foliage and bright yellow button flowers in mid to late summer. Remove the faded flower-heads along with any straggly shoots in autumn. In early-spring cut back the flowered shoots to within 2.5cm of the old growth. It may require some frost protection in particuarly exposed sites.
If planted at 20cm spacing, in a staggered row, cotton lavender will clip into a neat hedge and has been used in knot gardens and to edge borders for centuries.
The leaves have a chamomile like aroma, and the dried foliage is used to blend in herbal tobaccos, and both leaves and flowers are a favourite in pot pourri. Dried cotton lavender leaves are a successful moth deterrent.
Buy Cotton Lavender Online
Our Cotton Lavender herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.