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Plant Species of the genus Santolina

Information about this genus
Name: Santolina
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Hardy to moderate frost, these shrubs thrive in a warm sunny position and are ideal for dry banks and as border plants. They need perfect drainage and resent overly wet winters but are not fussy about soil type as long as it is reasonably loose and open. Santolina species respond well to regular trimming, which keeps the bushes neat and compact. It is also advisable to remove the dead flowerheads, as they are not attractive once they have dried. Propagate from small cuttings or by removing self-rooted layers.
Description: This Mediterranean genus is composed of some 18 species of largely similar evergreen shrubs that form low hummocks. Slender stems are crowded with narrow leaves that have finely toothed or lobed margins and are often clothed in silvery hairs. The leaflets may be so heavily downy that they can be hard to distinguish from the equally downy leaf stalks. Clusters of button-like flowerheads, usually bright yellow, appear in summer.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Santolina chamaecyparissus 7-10
Santolina pinnata 7-10
Santolina rosmarinifolia 7-10

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