Santolina virens ( syn. Santolina rosmarinifolia) Asteraceae (Compositae)
Green Lavender Cotton, Green Santolina san-to-LEEN-a VI-rens
- Herbaceous evergreen shrublet, 1-2 ft (30-60 cm) high, greater width, thick, spreading mound, billowy, fine texture. Leaves alternate, pinnately compound, very narrow (0.6-1.2 mm), 2-4 cm long, emerald green (virens = green), highly aromatic. Flowers button-like, yellow, solitary, 13 mm wide, rise above the foliage on 15-25 cm stalks, bloom in June, showy. Fruit a brown pod, 13 mm.
- Sun, tolerant of any well-drained soil. Becomes loose and open if frequently watered. Can be sheared. Flowers heads turn brown and should be removed after bloom.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to southern Europe, cultivated since 1727.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south of Callahan (dorm), near service street.