The small shrub Santalino loves the heat. It is a western Mediterranean plant and as a native of dry rocky places it tolerates poor soil and drought. As our hot summer continues, the plants and shrubs are struggling in the intense heat. While conditions last and for the future its worth knowing of a few plants that flourish in such conditions.
It has fluffy button like flower heads that rise above soft feathery aromatic silver foliage. Santalino or its common name, cotton lavender is a pretty sight in our gardens during the month of July and August. It works well as a plant in the front of borders, or to tumble over garden walls. It belongs to the chamomile family, which probably explains its rather pungent scent.