Santolina L.

Santolina is a small but taxonomically very complex genus of 10-13 species (Oberprieler & al. 2007, Mabberley 2008), although many more have been described. Most are native to the western Mediterranean region. Its largest species diversity is in Spain. Several species are cultivated for ornament (McAllister & al. 2000, Jäger & al. 2008) but Santolina chamaecyparissus is by far the commonest in cultivation.

Additional alien: Santolina rosmarinifolia L. (W-Medit., wool alien).


Arrigoni P.V. (1979) Il genere Santolina L. in Italia. Webbia 34(1): 257-264.

Guinea E. (1970) Santolinae Europaeae. An. Inst. Bot. Cav. 27: 29-44.

Jäger E.J., Ebel F., Hanelt P. & Müller G. (eds.) (2008) Rothmaler Band 5. Exkursionsflora von Deutschland. Krautige Zier- und Nutzpflanzen. Springer Verlag, Berlin: 880 p.

Lancaster R. (1971) Santolinas. Gard. Chron. 169(19): 37-39.

Mabberley D.J. (2008) Mabberley’s plant-book (3th ed.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: XVIII + 1021 p.

McAllister H.A., Knees S.G. & Cullen J. (2000) Santolina. In: Cullen J. & al. (eds.), The European Garden Flora, vol. 6. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 606-607.

Oberprieler C., Himmelreich S. & Vogt R. (2007) A new subtribal classification of the tribe Anthemideae (Compositae). Willdenowia 37: 89-114.

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith