Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Herbs - Santolina

Santolina chamaecyparissus syn S. incana

AKA Cotton Lavender although it isn't a true lavender.
Santolina's low need for water and grey foliage makes it a good water-wise plant and attractive small hedge growing to 60cms. It grows easily from cuttings taken at a warm time of the year.

As it's a member of the Asteraceae or daisy family the yellow button flowers open to reveal many tiny flowers that attract insects.

Useful for repelling moths in the garden and the dried foliage is often used to repel moths in clothing cupboards.

Best pruned back hard after flowering to keep a compact growing habit.
Green foliage varieties are available but the grey leaved form seem to be the hardiest.

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