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Santolina chamaecyparissus L. (syn. S. incana Lam.), which is known as lavender cotton, is a perennial member of the Asteraceae family. It is a semi-woody, tender under-shrub that grows into a many-branched dense mound. It possesses tomotose (densely pubescent) alternate, narrow, pinnate, aromatic leaves that appear to be silvery-green. The flowers are composite, button-shaped yellow heads that are borne on slender stems that rise above the foliage. The aromatic flower heads comprise tubular florets with no ray florets.
Santolina chamaecyparissus is native to the central and western Mediterranean region. Because of its attractiveness, it has become a common garden ornamental. A limited amount of oil is produced annually from this attractive plant.
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