Lavender Cotton – Santolina chamaecyparissus

Lavender Cotton
Lavender Cotton

This silver-gray sub-shrub of Mediterranean origin has aromatic leaves that are often used in perfumery. The leaves have a pleasant, pungent smell, while the flowers are perceived as having an unpleasant odor by some. The color of the foliage also lends the bush to be included in a Moon garden. The silver-gray leaves will reflect the moons light very pleasingly.


It is rarely used in Herbal medicine, although it has a history of treating intestinal parasites in children. The crushed leaves are also effective rubbed on an insect bite or sting for relief!


Even more rarely it has been used as a spice in cooking, just dry and crumble the leaves, or use fresh in dishes such as barley soup.


The foliage is often used in pot pourri for the aromatic scent, and in sachets to keep insects out of closets and linens. It has also been used as an herbal smoking substitute for tobacco. Dry branches, with or without the flowers, for use in making aromatic wreathes of mixed herbs.

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