Cotton lavender

Santolina pinnata subsp. neapolitana 'Edward Bowles'

Cotton lavender - Santolina pinnata subsp. neapolitana  'Edward Bowles'

Common Name: Cotton lavender
Genus: Santolina
Species: pinnata subsp. neapolitana
Cultivar: 'Edward Bowles'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A bushy evergreen shrub that forms mounds of aromatic grey-green serrated foliage. From mid summer small button-like creamy primrose flowers appear and seem to hover on wiry upright stems. A beautiful plant for a gravel or Mediterranean-style garden where it will provide structure. The flowers are attractive to bees but the leaves are said to repel moths.

  • Garden care: Remove the faded flowerheads along with any straggly shoots in autumn. In early spring cut back the flowered shoots to within 2.5cm (1in) of the old growth.