(Asteraceae) Common name: Cotton Lavender.
Culture: Santolina chamaecyparissus soft greyish-silver woolly foliage provides the perfect foil for red foliaged plants and is one of the best performing spill-over rockery plants for Sydney. Santolina chamaecyparissus suits secondary and tertiary coastal salt zones (Köppen climate zones 9 - 11).
Position: Originating from the Mediteranean on chalky soils, Santolina chamaecyparissus prefer an open sunny position.
Flowers: The cute bright yellow pom-pom flower heads are usually pruned off to maintain the effect of a neat spillover or small hedge.
Care: Santolina chamaecyparissus are not particularly fussy plants provided they receive plenty of light and the occasional drink during the very hottest days of Summer.
Take firm cuttings in Spring, strip back the foliage to a
few leading leaves and strike in moist propagating sand.