Santolina Viridis, also known as Santolina Rosmarinifolia, Green Lavender Cotton, Green Santolina, and Olive Herb, is native to the Mediterranean. Hardy in zone 6-10, Olive Herb has evergreen leaves with a distinct olive scent and a compact, rounded habit of 12 inches with many branches of soft, elegant foliage. Yellow pom-pom flowers bloom from June-August. In well-drained soil, Santolina Viridis requires little more than occasional water and full sun to flourish. This plant excels in xeriscapes, borders, containers, edges, and herb gardens. Simple to grow and aromatic in the landscape, it also has many culinary and medicinal uses.
This Variety Also Available as Non-Organic
Santolina Viridis Selling Tips
Sell Santolina Viridis to customers looking for an aromatic landscape plant or this unique culinary and ornamental herb. Olive Herb has many benefits to offer your customer. It has a compact habit with exceptional branching and foliage that delights the senses. Yellow flowers attract pollinators to the garden all summer. This plant is evergreen and flourishes in full sun with minimal care and occasional water. Plant it in a border, container, or rock garden. Season pizza, salad, meat, fish, and pasta with fresh cuttings; Santolina is also known for medicinal properties as a digestion aid, antiseptic, and anti-itch herb. Create an attractive aromatic herb garden or border by pairing this plant with Rosemary and Lavender.
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1. Space plants 12-18" apart in well-drained soil in full sun. Water weekly or less in wet weather.
2. Prune after flowering to shape and maintain a tidy appearance.
General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner
For best results with Santolina Viridis, use well-drained soil in full sun with a constant liquid feed program of 150-200 ppm N on well-rooted plants and a pH of 6.6-7.8. Plant one rooted liner per 4-inch container. This plant doesn't attract pests and isn't prone to disease, but take precautions to prevent root rot.
Round yellow flowers bloom June-August.
This plant doesn't require pinching.
Space 4-inch containers as needed to allow airflow and penetration of light between plants. We do not recommend planting rooted plugs in 1801 or other traditional market trays as they tend to get leggy and can develop fungus when they have insufficient space.
We don't recommend using chemical growth regulators with herbs or organic plants.
This plant doesn't attract pests.
Santolina Viridis isn't disease prone but avoid oversaturating the soil. If the plant sits in moist soil at length, you could end up with root rot or botrytis. Botrytis grey rot tends to occur in wet or humid conditions. Take these steps to prevent botrytis: water in the morning and allow the plant to dry out between waterings; provide good airflow in your greenhouse; space plants so the sun can penetrate to the soil level. To best fight root rot in herbs, use an organic or garden-safe fungicide, like Neem Oil.
Planting Santolina Viridis Liners
We recommend planting one rooted plug per 4-inch or 5-inch pot. Use light, well-drained soil and completely bury the ellepot in the center of the container.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Organic Herbs Santolina Viridis Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||6 Weeks|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 6-11|