Lavender cotton characteristics

What is a cotton lavender plant?

Characteristics of cotton lavender (Santolina chamaecyparissus)

Common name: Cotton lavender, lavender-cotton

Scientific name: Santolina chamaecyparissus L.

cotton lavender
Plant photo

Family: Compositae

Habitat: Mainly in calcareous dry places, roadsides, banks and bushes.

Botanical description of cotton lavender

Perennial bush up to 50 cm.

Branched and fragrant types of stems.

Leaves deeply divided, with rounded lobes, sometimes covered with dense whitish hairs; sometimes glabrous.

Yellow flowers in globular chapters with long peduncles, formed only by tubular florets, without ligules, 1 to 6 cm in diameter, very aromatic.

Collection and conservation of cotton lavender

cotton lavender
Detail of the appearance of the plant. Illustration by © Daniel M. Bou

The leaves and the whole plant must be collected in summer, when it has flowered. It should be dried in a dark place and stored in a clean, airtight container.

Active components of cotton lavender

The components or active principles present in cotton lavender are:

  • Santolinone, patuletina
  • Essential oil: limonene, myrcene, nepetin, p-coumaric acid, pinene
  • Tannins and catechins
  • Flavonoids: luteolin.

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18 December, 2021

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