Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Bowle’s Lemon’ –
Lemon billy buttons are produced in Summer. These sit over Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Bowle’s Lemon’ stunning silver foliage. Grows to a neat rounded 30cm. Thrives in poor, rocky and sandy soils as well as arid hot spots in Full Sun.
Suits coastal conditions and seaside plantings. Hot and dry hardy.
Excellent choice for water-wise, dry climate gardening. In cooler, moister areas will require excellent drainage.
Aromatic, freshly scented foliage, which can be used in pot-pourri, and particularly in moth-repelling herbal bags for wardrobes.
Bug repelling. Rabbit and deer resistant.
Useful pot to chase the insects
Santolina is such a hardy, tough grower, it is perfect to grow in a pot – and then so handy for moving around to wherever you want to deter the buzzing insect pests. Add the neat, rounded, compact shape and you have the perfect pot specimen.
Tough hardy & very water-wise
Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Bowle’s Lemon’ prefers Full Sun, though it also grows happily in partial shade if it is kept dry and with good drainage.
Because it thrives in hot and dry conditions; needs very minimal water. So it is fair to say this plant is stubbornly drought resistant; prefers sandy, rocky or poor soils; and is very frost hardy.
All make excellent qualities for seaside and low maintenance gardens, and highly recommended to mass plant for a colourful, drought tolerant ground cover.
Growing Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Bowle’s Lemon’:
– Height with flowers: 30cm. approx. Neat, compact rounded shape.
– Width: 30cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Part Shade, but must be very well drained.
Lovely scent and easy to grow
– Soil: Not a bit fussy although prefers sandy, rocky, gravel and poorer soils but must be well drained. Soil pH can be acid or alkaline. Very tolerant of lime soils. Do not give generous fertilizer. Prefers to be lean and mean and also performs better.
– Fragrance: Wonderful aromatic foliage of fresh camphor.
– Frost: Very frost hardy to well below -10C.
– Growth: Neat, compact, rounded, evergreen shrub in the shape of a cushion.
Environmentally friendly companion plant
– Beneficial to wildlife and an environmentally friendly companion plant: Bees make great use of the lemon button flowers. They gather nectar and pollen over summer, While at the same time reportedly repelling other unfriendly sucking insects.
Used to make tea but not for pregnant women
– Beware: Santolina has been much used for traditional herbal medicine in village life around the Mediterranean. The flowers are also popular to make herbal tea. However, it has apparently been linked to miscarriage. So ladies who are pregnant or breast feeding are advised not to take any Santolina products.
– Care: Very hardy, easy low maintenance. However a shear after flowering helps to keep a nice and compact shape as well as encouraging nice, fresh growth.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: A very resistant plant to these pests because they loathe the camphor taste.
– Origin: Native to arid regions all around the Mediterranean Sea, including North Africa. Whereas the name Santolina comes from ancient Greek.