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Santolina chamaecyparissus

Description

Good in small areas; good drought tolerance.  Used in dried arrangement, potpourris and as an accent plant.  Highly salt tolerant; avoid excess fertilization; prune after flowering. Branches are erect or ascending, gray-green-brown, densely white-tomentose at first.

Leaves are very small and appear 3-dimensional, not flat. It is difficult to ascertain from appearance if compound is simple and pinnatifid. The odor is strong and distinctive. Santolina chamaecyparissus blooms in summer; peduncles should be removed after flowering completely. Santolina chamaecyparissus is good for short term use in landscape (10-15 yrs) as center opens up with age. S. rosmarinifolia is similar, but green with lighter color in flowers. It is utilized as groundcover in massing, edging beds, planters, rock gardens, rock walls, on pure sand. It is used in folk medicine for digestive problems and as antiseptics.

Quick ID

  • Dwarf aromatic, grayish-tomentose shrub
  • Leaves 3-D pinnatifid or pinnatisect
  • Elongate peduncles with heads of yellow flowers in summer

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Nana
  • Pretty Pink
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#salt tolerant#dwarf#playground#children's garden#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Nana
  • Pretty Pink
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#salt tolerant#dwarf#playground#children's garden#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Santolina
    Species:
    chamaecyparissus
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Has been used in potpourri.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. Europe
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Fragrance
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herb
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Broad
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence are numerous, each a head on elongate 10-15 cm peduncles well above foliage, discoid, hemispherical (button-shaped), to 2 cm diam.; borne from new seasonal growth. Flowers are tubular, deep golden yellow. Yellow button-shaped heads in summer on new growth.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Pinnatisect
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, crowded, densely grey to white-tomentose, densely pectinate-dentate to pinnatisect, segments to 2 mm long. Leaves are aromatic when crushed.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt