Sunday, July 5, 2009
Lavender Cotton, Santolina pinnata, subsp. neapolitana, so the tag says. Family Flowers is the place to go for plants that can't be found anywhere else in the area. I had never heard of this plant until last summer when I found an herb garden plan that I liked and had to hunt down several things that were new to me. These were tiny little plants when I set them out last year, but this year they are quite large and have more than filled in their allotted space. It looks nice against the fuzzy gray leaves of the Lamb's Ears.
A native of the Mediterranean, Lavender Cotton is frequently used as a hedge. The leaves can be used as a moth repellent.
The foliage is still quite pretty even after the flowers are gone. I'm not sure I would like to have a hedge of this plant; I like it, but it felt like it took forever to dead-head just two plants.