Santolina rosmarinifolia Asteraceae

Growth habit

Dwarf Shrub


Cultivated as annual

Native distribution

Iberian Peninsula, Southwestern France, Northwestern Africa

Biocultural value

The delicate, vivid-green foliage with its sharp citrus and resin scent make this a valuable addition to the herb garden. Severe spring pruning maintains a compact shape.


Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant

Baker's Acres, Pam Shade, Baker's Acres


Plants reach 30-60cm in height with erect but more often procumbent-ascending stems, glabrous, green, highly aromatic; leaves quite variable in form, the lobes of the leaflets only 1mm long and distinctly spaced; flower heads 7-12mm across, flowers yellow, effective in July and August.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

fragrance, tender perennial