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Gray Lavender Cotton

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  • Drought Tolerance: Gray Lavender Cotton is highly drought-resistant, making it an exceptional choice for water-wise gardens and regions with arid climates.
  • Pest and Disease Resistance: This robust plant is notably resistant to common garden pests and diseases, ensuring a healthy and vibrant garden display with minimal intervention.
  • Aromatic Foliage: The leaves of the Gray Lavender Cotton emit a pleasant, aromatic fragrance when brushed against, adding a sensory dimension to the garden that is both calming and invigorating.

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Gray Lavender Cotton, scientifically known as Santolina chamaecyparissus, is a charming evergreen perennial that adds a silver accent to the garden landscape. This plant is renowned for its finely textured, silver-gray foliage and yellow button-like flowers that bloom in mid to late summer. Ideal for xeriscaping, rock gardens, and borders, Gray Lavender Cotton is a low-maintenance choice for gardeners looking to enhance their outdoor space with a plant that offers year-round interest and a touch of Mediterranean flair.

Growth rate: Slow to moderate growth rate, reaching 1-2 feet in height and 2-3 feet in width at maturity.

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Pruning: Light pruning in early spring encourages bushier growth and maintains the desired shape. Remove spent flowers to prolong blooming.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring to support healthy growth. Avoid over-fertilizing to maintain compact growth.

Winter Protection: In colder zones, mulch lightly around the base to protect roots during the coldest months. In zones at the colder end of its range, consider additional frost protection.


Plant Gray Lavender Cotton in well-draining soil in a sunny location. Space plants 18-24 inches apart to allow for mature spread. Water deeply after planting and maintain moisture until the plant is established. Once established, reduce watering frequency, relying on natural rainfall except during extended dry periods. A light application of mulch can help retain soil moisture and suppress weeds.

Once established, water sparingly; deep watering once every 2-3 weeks during prolonged dry spells is sufficient. Gray Lavender Cotton flourishes in full sun, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to maintain its compact growth and vibrant flowering.

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USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 6-9

Gray Lavender Cotton thrives in USDA Zones 6-9, where it can withstand temperatures down to -10°F. It prefers locations with hot, dry summers and mild winters. In these zones, the plant benefits from full sunlight exposure, which promotes dense growth and maximizes flowering potential. Its adaptability to dry and rocky soils makes it an ideal candidate for various landscape designs within these regions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gray Lavender Cotton typically grows to a compact size, reaching a height and spread of about 12 to 24 inches when fully mature. However, this may vary depending on growing conditions, such as soil quality, sunlight exposure, and climate. In optimal conditions, it forms dense mounds of foliage, creating a neat and tidy appearance in the garden or landscape. Regular pruning can help control its size and shape, ensuring it remains within the desired dimensions.

Gray Lavender Cotton is known for its slow to moderate growth rate. Under optimal growing conditions, it typically grows at a steady pace, gradually increasing in size over the growing season. However, compared to some other plants, it may take a bit longer to reach its full size. Adequate sunlight, well-draining soil, and regular watering contribute to its growth rate. Additionally, periodic pruning can help maintain its shape and promote bushier growth. Overall, patience is key when cultivating Gray Lavender Cotton, as it may take some time to achieve its mature size.

Gray Lavender Cotton thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight, making it an ideal choice for planting in locations with plenty of sunlight exposure. It is commonly used in rock gardens, border edges, and Mediterranean-style landscapes. Ensure that the planting site offers excellent drainage to prevent waterlogging, as the plant is susceptible to root rot in overly wet conditions. Additionally, consider planting it in areas with good air circulation to minimize the risk of fungal diseases. Overall, choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil for optimal growth and performance of Gray Lavender Cotton.

Gray Lavender Cotton is a drought-tolerant plant that prefers dry to medium moisture levels. Once established, it generally requires minimal watering, as overwatering can lead to root rot and other issues. Watering frequency will depend on factors such as weather conditions, soil type, and plant size. In general, it's best to water Gray Lavender Cotton deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. During hot and dry periods, you may need to water it more often, but always ensure that the soil has adequate drainage to prevent waterlogging. It's advisable to monitor the moisture levels in the soil and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

Lavender Cotton typically forms dense, rounded mounds of foliage and does not spread aggressively like some other ground covers or invasive plants. However, it can gradually spread over time through its natural growth habit and by self-seeding if conditions are suitable. Generally, Lavender Cotton is considered well-behaved and is not known for being invasive. Regular pruning and maintenance can help control its spread and maintain its desired size and shape in the garden.

Pruning Lavender Cotton is generally straightforward and can help maintain its shape, encourage bushiness, and promote healthy growth. Here are some tips for pruning Lavender Cotton:

Timing: Prune Lavender Cotton in late spring or early summer after the plant has finished flowering. Avoid pruning in fall or winter to prevent damage during colder months.

Remove spent flowers: Deadhead faded flowers regularly throughout the blooming season to encourage continuous flowering and prevent the plant from putting energy into seed production.

Shape maintenance: Use sharp, clean pruning shears to trim back any overgrown or straggly stems to maintain the desired shape of the plant. Lavender Cotton responds well to pruning and can tolerate being cut back quite hard if needed.

Thinning: If the plant becomes too dense, selectively thin out some of the older stems or branches to improve air circulation and light penetration, which can help prevent diseases and promote new growth.

Cutting back: In late winter or early spring, you can cut back Lavender Cotton more severely to rejuvenate the plant and encourage vigorous growth. Cut back the entire plant by one-third to one-half of its height, leaving some green growth intact.

Cleanup: Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased foliage throughout the growing season to keep the plant tidy and healthy.

Mulching: After pruning, consider applying a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and protect the roots.

Always make clean cuts just above a leaf node or bud, and avoid cutting into old, woody stems excessively, as this can lead to slow recovery or even dieback. With proper pruning, Lavender Cotton can stay compact, tidy, and attractive throughout the growing season.

Lavender Cotton is a perennial plant. This means that it can live for several years, typically returning each spring after a dormant period during the winter months. As a perennial, Lavender Cotton can provide long-lasting beauty in your garden or landscape with proper care and maintenance.

Yes, Lavender Cotton can be planted in a pot. It is well-suited for container gardening, especially if you want to control its growth or if you have limited garden space. Here are some tips for planting Lavender Cotton in a pot:

Select a suitable container: Choose a pot that has drainage holes at the bottom to prevent waterlogging. The pot should be large enough to accommodate the plant's root system and allow for some growth.

Use well-draining soil: Fill the pot with a high-quality, well-draining potting mix. You can add some perlite or coarse sand to improve drainage further.

Planting: Gently remove the Lavender Cotton from its nursery pot and loosen the roots if they are tightly bound. Place the plant in the center of the pot and fill in the sides with soil, ensuring the crown of the plant sits slightly above the soil level.

Watering: Water the newly planted Lavender Cotton thoroughly to settle the soil and encourage root establishment. Afterward, water the plant whenever the top inch of soil feels dry, but avoid overwatering, as Lavender Cotton is susceptible to root rot.

Placement: Choose a location for the potted Lavender Cotton that receives full sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. Place it on a patio, balcony, or sunny windowsill where it can get adequate sunlight.

Maintenance: Regularly check the soil moisture level and water as needed. Fertilize the plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions during the growing season. Prune the plant lightly to maintain its shape and remove any dead or leggy growth.

By following these guidelines, you can successfully grow Lavender Cotton in a pot, adding beauty and fragrance to your outdoor or indoor space.

Several factors could contribute to Lavender Cotton dying:

Watering issues: Overwatering or underwatering can lead to stress and eventual decline. Ensure the soil is well-draining and water the plant appropriately, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

Soil conditions: Lavender Cotton prefers well-draining soil. If the soil is too compacted or retains too much moisture, it can lead to root rot and other issues. Consider amending the soil with organic matter to improve drainage.

Sunlight: Lavender Cotton thrives in full sunlight. If it's not receiving enough sunlight, it may become weak and prone to diseases or pest infestations. Ensure it gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.

Pests and diseases: Check the plant for signs of pests such as aphids, spider mites, or fungal diseases like powdery mildew. Treat any infestations promptly with appropriate insecticides or fungicides.

Nutrient deficiencies: Lack of essential nutrients can weaken the plant. Consider fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer to provide necessary nutrients for healthy growth.

Environmental stress: Extreme temperatures, high humidity, or other environmental factors can stress the plant. Providing proper care and maintaining consistent growing conditions can help mitigate stress.

Rootbound: If the plant has outgrown its container or the root system is restricted, it may struggle to thrive. Transplanting into a larger pot or directly into the ground can help alleviate rootbound issues.

Inspect your Lavender Cotton carefully to identify any specific issues, and address them accordingly to revive the plant and promote its health and vigor. If you're unsure about the cause of the problem, consider consulting with a local gardening expert for personalized advice.

Lavender Cotton typically blooms in late spring to early summer, usually from May to July, depending on your specific climate and growing conditions. However, the exact timing of blooming can vary based on factors such as temperature, sunlight exposure, soil moisture, and plant health. Providing optimal growing conditions, such as full sunlight, well-draining soil, and occasional watering, can encourage healthy growth and flowering. If your Lavender Cotton is not blooming as expected, ensure it receives adequate sunlight and water, and consider fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer to promote flowering.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!