One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of the genus Santolina in the daisy family, especially (in gardening) lavender cotton.
- ‘Don't forget to factor white and blue into your planting scheme; both do a great job of cooling off and separating drifts of hot-colored plants, as do gray-foliaged plants such as santolina, artemisia, and dusty miller.’
- ‘He used Mediterranean and dry-climate plants such as lavender, salvia, santolina, and other plants that conserve moisture.’
- ‘Take heel cuttings from ceanothus, penstemons, lavenders, santolinas and philadelphus.’
- ‘These include cistus, phlomis, lavenders, rosemary, myrtle, santolinas and artemesias.’
- ‘Steven cuts the santolina back ruthlessly so that it does not produce its odd little flowers.’
Modern Latin, perhaps an alteration of santonica.
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