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Products > Santolina neapolitana 'Lemon Queen'
 
Santolina neapolitana 'Lemon Queen' - Naples Lavender Cotton
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Cream
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [S. pinnata neapolitana 'Lemon Queen']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Santolina neapolitana 'Lemon Queen' (Lemon Queen Lavender Cotton) - A beautiful evergreen small shrub that grows 2 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide with aromatic grayish-green foliage. The clusters of soft yellow flowers in the spring look like little pale yellow cotton balls dancing above the foliage. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil and water sparingly. Hardy to 0 F or below and tolerating alkaline soil. Looks best it trim back lightly after flowering. This plant is often listed as Santolina pinnata subsp. neapolitana but the Plant List correctly lists the current name as Santolina neapolitana based on the basionym of Santolina pinnata ssp. neapolitana and includes the cultivars 'Edward Bowles' and 'Lemon Queen'. The name for the Genus comes from the Latin phrase 'sanctum linum' which means "holy flax", a name applied to one of the green species of Santolina for its medicinal qualities and the specific epithet means "from Naples". We have grown this great plant since 1994 and also grow Green Santolina, Santolina rosmarinifolia and the gray Lavender Cotton, Santolina chamaecyparissus This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Santolina 'Lemon Queen'.