Santolina - Lavender Cotton
Native to the Mediterranean region, Santolina plants are generally evergreen in mild climates. They prefer dry, poor, sandy soils, full sun, low humidity, and tolerate heat and drought very well.
Santolina species have been popular as low hedges for traditional knot gardens. They are also used in wreaths and potpourri. From the Middle Ages until the 18th century, santolina was strewn on the floor as an insect repellent, disinfectant, and to cover odors. The flowers and seeds were used to treat intestinal parasites. Pliny, the Roman naturalist, prescribed wine containing santolina for snake bites.
To learn more, read our article How I Love My Santolina.