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Santolina virens - Green Lavender Cotton, Green Santolina

Santolina virens is a great addition to the fragrant garden. The fragrant foliage of these fine textured small shrubs provides the greatest incentive to plants the Green Santolina. You can use Santolina virens as a small hedge. Green Lavender Cotton is a historic component of the knot garden. The creamy yellow flowers provide a great contrast to the green foliage in the mid to late spring and sporadically through the Summer. The flowers quickly fade and look best if they are regularly removed. I shear Santolina virens in February or March as the new shoots start to push and then shear them again in the summer to remove the spent blooms. Santolina virens is quite drought tolerant once established and not forgiving about soggy conditions. The Green Lavender Cotton forms a low shrub, typically 18" tall by 2-3 feet wide. Plant in full sun, they will grow in light shade but look pretty straggly.

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Santolina virens, Green Lavender Cotton, Green Santolina