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Lavender Cotton

Santolina chamaecyparissus

A native of Europe, Lavender Cotton has been cultivated in gardens since the sixteenth century. This slow growing shrub is very hardy and grows well from the sandy soils of Cape Cod to the heavy clay soils of Illinois. Its yellow flowers can be cut during or after they bloom in order to encourage fresh growth of the aromatic, gray foliage. Lavender Cotton's stems have been used for household moth repellent and to produce oil for perfume.

Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 May 6 to 2002 Jun 212003 Jun 6 to 2003 Jul 42004 May 25 to 2004 Jun 242005 Jun 3 to 2005 Jul 12006 Jun 1 to 2006 Jun 302007 May 29 to 2007 Jul 62008 May 15 to 2008 Jun 242009 May 29 to 2009 Jul 32010 May 10 to 2010 Jun 282012 May 3 to 2012 Jun 222013 Jun 10 to 2013 Jul 162014 May 23 to 2014 Jun 26
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