Saturday, November 28, 2015

Botany picture #220: Santolina chamaecyparissias

Just now flowering in our courtyard: Santolina chamaecyparissias (Asteraceae), in English known as cotton lavender although it is neither a cotton (Malvaceae) nor a lavender (Lamiaceae). A nice little shrub with extremely aromatic leaves:

It is said that the dried leaves can be used for potpourri and little bags to place between the clothes.

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