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PlantFiles: Green Santolina
Santolina pinnata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Santolina (san-toh-LEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: pinnata (pin-NAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Santolina ericoides

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive killdawabbit On Jun 4, 2011, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this one! Here in TN it is entirely evergreen year round. It is reminiscent of a dwarf conifer plus blooms in the summer. I regularly propagate it and plant it in sunny spots here and there.

Positive reuter98 On Feb 10, 2010, reuter98 from Livingston, TX wrote:

Most plants have died back during this colder-than-average winter, but my green santolina has continued to be a bright spot in my garden. Its mounding form is charming. I use it as a border plant in the beds, in full sun. I love the bright green, feathery texture.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Green santolina is much hardier and longer-lived in my climate than the gray. It is a very attractive ferny- foliaged plant, and really helps bridge between different areas of the garden.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Marietta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana (2 reports)
Billerica, Massachusetts
Grand Marais, Michigan
Westland, Michigan
Saint Louis, Missouri
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Owen Sound, Ontario
Northampton, Pennsylvania
Hollywood, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee
Brownwood, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
De Leon, Texas
Dripping Springs, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Livingston, Texas
Midland, Texas
Layton, Utah
Blacksburg, Virginia

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