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Santolina chamaecyparissus/

Santolina chamaecyparissus / Santolina chamaecyparissus
A mass planting at Villa D'Este in Italy
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A mass planting at Villa D'Este in Italy

Plants just before bursting into full bloom

Ground cover planting just before coming into full flower

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Scientific Name: Santolina chamaecyparissus
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Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: None
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: A native subshrub of southern Europe and normally associated with dry landscapes. This is a much-branched, dwarf, mounding perennial with procumbent stems and highly aromatic foliage when bruised. Fine texture. Relatively short-lived of three to five years in the South. Becomes unsightly with advanced age, especially in hot, humid climates. Clip back plants which have become leggy to maintain a low and compact form. Remove old flower heads to encourage more growth of the silvery-gray foliage. Never try to grow this plant in shade. Required full sunlight and fast-drained soil.