Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Magonica’
Yellow buttons as well as very aromatic growth. Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Magonica’ produces a forest of yellow buttons in summer. These hover over a feathery mound of finely cut silver foliage.
Tough hardy & very water-wise
A neat round growth to around 60cm. Aromatic, and traditional companion plant for deterring insects. Indestructibly hardy in hot, dry, wind or poor soil.
Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Magonica’ prefers a hot spot in Full Sun. However it will grow happily in partial shade but must have good drainage.
Lovely scent and easy to grow
It’s water needs are very minimal, because it thrives in hot and dry conditions. 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. It also makes a low, informal, insect repelling, hedge that is often used in vegetable and fruit gardens.
Growing: Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Magonica’
– Height with flowers: 60cm. approx. Neat, compact rounded shape.
– Width: 60cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Part Shade, but must be very well drained.
– 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.
– Beneficial to wildlife: 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.
– 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 ladies who are pregnant or breast feeding are advised not to take any Santolina products, as it has apparently been linked to miscarriage.
– 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.