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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.