Santolina Virens


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SKU: santolina-virens Category:
Common Name: Green Lavender Cotton
Size: 2-3 LITRE
Hardiness: H5
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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This plant has won a RHS award

2-3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full sun
  • Soil: Well drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Flowering Period: June – September
  • Hardiness: H5
  • Eventual Height: 0.5 – 1m
  • Eventual Spread: 0.5 – 1m

Santolina Virens, also known as ‘Green Lavender Cotton’, is a dense, bushy evergreen shrub that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is widely cultivated for its attractive foliage, aromatic scent, and yellow flowers.

This Santolina typically grows to a height and spread of 1 metre and has a compact and rounded growth habit, with a dense bushy appearance. The foliage is the main attraction of this plant. The leaves are silver-green in colour, lance-shaped, and have a fine texture. When crushed, the leaves emit a strong, pleasant fragrance, making it an excellent plant for aromatherapy.

During the Summer, the plant produces small, yellow flowers that grow in clusters. The flowers are round, button-like, and appear at the tips of the stems. The flowers are not particularly showy, but they add a unique texture to the plant and are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

This plant is an excellent choice for herb gardens, rock gardens, and Mediterranean-style landscapes. It can also be grown in containers and used as a focal point in patio or balcony gardens. It can be pruned to maintain its shape and size, making it a low maintenance plant.

How to care for your Santolina Virens

  • Watering: The plant is drought-tolerant and does not require frequent watering. Water the plant deeply once a week during the growing season, and reduce watering during the Winter months.
  • Soil: The plant prefers well-draining soil that is slightly alkaline. If the soil is heavy or poorly drained, add some sand or gravel to improve drainage.
  • Fertilizing: Fertilise the plant with a balanced fertiliser once a year, in the Spring. Avoid over-fertilising, as this can cause the plant to become leggy and reduce its attractive foliage.
  • Pruning: Prune in the Spring to maintain its shape and size. Cut back the stems by one-third to one-half of their length, taking care not to cut into old wood, which does not produce new growth.
  • Sunlight: The plant requires full sun exposure to thrive. Ensure that it is planted in a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Winter care: The plant is hardy and can tolerate frost and cold temperatures. However, if you live in an area with harsh winters, consider protecting the plant with a layer of mulch.
  • Propagation: It can be propagated by taking softwood cuttings in the Summer or by dividing the plant in the Spring.

By following these care tips, you can ensure that your Santolina Virens remains healthy and attractive year-round.

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