Santolina chamaecyparissus Asteraceae (Compositae)
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- Herbaceous evergreen shrublet, erect or ascending, 1-2 ft (30-60 cm) high, greater width, thick, spreading mound, fine texture. Leaves alternate, pinnately compound (very tiny leaflets), silver-green to gray-green, 2-4 cm long, narrow (1.3 mm wide), highly aromatic when crushed. Flowers yellow, button-like, 13 mm wide, rise above the foliage on 10-15 cm stalks, bloom in June, showy. Fruit a brown pod, 13 mm, unattractive.
- Sun, tolerant of any well-drained soil, grows in climate regions from the coast to the desert. Does not respond well to frequent watering. Can be sheared.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to southern Europe, cultivated at least from 1596. Several cultivar developed, some are smaller forms, e.g., Nana, to 1 ft (30 cm); Pretty Carol, to 16 inches (40 cm).
- Santolina: from sanctum linum, holy flax, the old name for S. virens. chamaecyparissus: from the Greek, chamai: dwarf, kuparissos: cypress
- Corvallis: northeast corner of Central Park.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south side of Callahan (dorm).