Lavender cotton

Santolina chamaecyparissus


The gray lavender cotton is a low mounding shrub growing 1-2 ft. high, spreading 2-3 ft. wide. It features distinctive gray foliage and a fine-texture dense habit; bright yellow flower heads cover the plant in spring for a very colorful display.

Gray lavender cotton is native to southern Spain and the eastern Mediterranean region, and has proven to grow well in full sun, on well-drained soils and with low amounts of supplemental water. It is good for rock gardens, borders and mixed with other Mediterranean shrubs and perennials. It become leggy after several years of growth and can be trimmed to maintain good size and character.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Dense
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Silvery white
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Cold hardy, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Borders, Banks, Small spaces
Height: 1 ft. – 2 ft.
Width: 2 ft. – 3 ft.