A dense, mounding, woody shrub with attractive, aromatic, finely textured, silver-gray foliage. Produces small, bright yellow flowers in the summer. Creates a very attractive groundcover or edging for walks a Lavender, works well in the foreground of an herb garden. Drought tolerant when established. Lavender cotton plants have such amazing foliage that in full sun it appears gleaming silver, on cloudy days it’s a cool seafoam hue, and at dusk, it takes on almost a bluish cast. The bright yellow one-inch flowers are held erect on wiry green stems. Lavender cotton blooms from early to mid-summer. Deadheading will not prolong blooming or cause repeat blooming, but will maintain a tidier plant. A rugged Mediterranean herb, lavender cotton is grown for its attractive silver foliage. People take lavender cotton for digestion problems, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), worms, yellowed skin (jaundice), swelling, and muscle spasms. Lavender cotton is sometimes applied directly to the skin to repel insects. It has a very strong fragrant smell.
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