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Santolina etrusca (Etruscan Cotton Lavender) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Etruscan Cotton Lavender (Santolina etrusca) Herb in 1Litre Pot.

Etruscan Cotton Lavender or Etruscan Santolina as it is also known 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 feathery green  foliage and creamy white 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 particularly 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, it will grow to approx 50-60cm high. 

Herb Usage

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 Etruscan Cotton Lavender Online

Our Etruscan Cotton Lavender herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Santolina etrusca (Etruscan Cotton Lavender) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Free draining soil
Flower Colour Cream
Height 60cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Santolina etrusca
Hardiness RHS rating H5 - Hardy - cold winter
Culinary None
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic Herbal medicine
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Hedging/Edging
Type of Garden Formal