Santolina Plant (Santolina chamaecyparissus). There are several types of Santolina and the most common one is the Gray Cotton variety. Also called the cotton lavender plant. A nice small pale yellow button-like flower.
It loves sandy alkaline soil perfect for the dry arid Southwest. It is drought tolerant once it becomes established usually after the first year of planting.
It will grow to about 2ft. in height and 3-5ft. in width. Once it grows to its maximum height it tends to split in the middle and drop down on both sides. To avoid this problem prune in mid-winter before the plant starts to grow in early spring.
Where to place Santolina
Place them in rock gardens with other drought-tolerant plants. They like sandy soil and amending your soil with compost or potting soils is not recommended.
Water thoroughly the first spring, summer seasons. Then only occasional waterings after that. Trim back during the winter season. No fertilizer required for the Santolina Plant.
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