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Santolina chamaecyparissus 'Nana'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Santolina (san-toh-LEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: chamaecyparissus (kam-ee-ky-par-ISS-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Nana

Synonym:Santolina incana

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LaraineB On Jun 3, 2011, LaraineB from Bristow, VA wrote:

I live in Virginia and bought this plant last year--it was called "lavender" ...but this year, after it had tripled in size and little yellow buds formed, I realized it wasn't lavender! A friend helped me identify it! It is beautiful, with a wonderful scent.

Positive RuthHenriquez On Aug 23, 2010, RuthHenriquez from Duluth, MN wrote:

I love this plant. I used a few of them in an herb border, mixed in with lavender, Russian sage, culinary sage, white sagebrush, thyme, and Rosemary. It has a beautiful whitish, silvery color, and an interesting leaf texture that contrasts nicely with that of the other plants. It also has a lovely aroma.

I'm in zone 4 (Duluth, MN) and haven't yet tried bringing this plant through the winter. I'm still trying to decide whether or not to dig it up and overwinter it in our heated (to 35 degrees F) garage, or to try to bring it through in the ground, since it is against a sunny south wall of our house.

Neutral nevadagdn On Apr 11, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I've seen this plant all over town, surviving in tough conditions. I wish I liked the way it looked. I haven't tried killing it in my own yard, because it doesn't appeal to my tastes.

Neutral boomer On Apr 11, 2005, boomer from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

going to try this new plant in a cottage walkway
zig zag stones with landscaping lights and small peonies then going to interplant those with the santolina gray and then use a creeping mazus ( hate weeding)
will upload a picture how show how this will turn out


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

Indianapolis, Indiana
Sparks, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Knoxville, Tennessee
Evant, Texas
Bristow, Virginia

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