Herb latin name: Santolina pinnata neopolitana

Synonyms: Santolina italica, Santolina neopolitana, Santolina rosmarinifolia

Family: Compositae

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)



Habitat of Santolina pinnata neopolitana:

Dry rocky slopes near the sea.

Other uses of the herb:

Can be grown as a low formal hedge and used as an edging plant. The plant is very tolerant of shearing. The cultivar "Edward Bowles" is often used. They are best spaced about 75cm apart each way.

Propagation of Santolina pinnata neopolitana:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Does not require pre-treatment. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe side shoots, 5 - 8 cm, July/August in a frame. Roots within 2 weeks. High percentage. Division in spring or autumn. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer. Layering.

Cultivation of the herb:

Dry rocky slopes near the sea.

Medicinal use of Santolina pinnata neopolitana:

None known

Known hazards of Santolina pinnata neopolitana:

The bruised leaves have been known to cause a severe rash on sensitive skins.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.