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Gray Santolina


I need a hardy plant that will take hot afternoon reflective sun and I’m wondering if gray Santolina lavender cotton would take our humidity. I’d like something sculptural for a formal effect. Any other plant suggestions would be welcomed. Thank you. - Wild Child -


  1. 9 months ago

    Lavendar Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus) likes dry, low fertility soil, and full sun. It does not like high humidity. Although it is not bothered by insects, root rots would be a consideration if too wet. I have not had success with this plant in my garden, although I love the look.

    To answer your question about other possible plant selections, can you give some specifics about the soil, drainage, location, foliage color, height and spread you want? Perennial or shrub? Season of bloom you prefer?

    In the meantime, there are good KSU bulletins available on our website under Lawn and Garden/publications: also click on the Plant Finder where you will find pictures, descriptions, etc on plants in our demonstration gardens. Here is the link: www.johnson.ksu.edu.

    Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

  2. 9 months ago

    I had never heard of Lavender Cotton before so I looked it up. Wow, it looks so much like the Blue Spruce Sedum I have blooming here right now. It blooms yellow on stems that are about 8-10” tall over blue-blue-gray succulent foliage. It is virtually impossible to kill.

    I have waves and waves of the stuff, as Iplanted quite a lot and it spreads like crazy.

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