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a.k.a Lavender Cotton
(Santolina chamaecyparissus)

PROPAGATION: By seed, layering and division. Also by a slip with a heel taken early to midsummer. Perennial. Good plant for the knot garden.
NEEDS: Full sun and dry light soil - prefers limed soil.
HARVEST: Leaves and stems.
FLOWERS: Yellow.


Once used to expel intestinal worms.

Leaves were once used to flavor meat and fish.

Used in dried arrangements, potpourri and sachets (moth repellant properties).

Produces gold to yellow with chrome and alum mordants.

Repels moths. For a SWEET BAG to repel moths, combine equal parts rosemary, santolina and rue, 1 part of lavender or 1/2 part powdered cloves.

©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH