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Chaenactis santolinoides

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Species Name: Chaenactis santolinoides
Common Name: Santolina Pincushion

This small perennial is native to higher elevations and is tolerant of extreme heat and cold. Its foliage adds interesting texture to the garden. Good for small spaces, rock gardens and under pines.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 6-12 in. H x 6-12 in. W
Growth Habit: Basal rosette
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 8400'
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Pale yellow
Endangered?:
Distribution: Southernmost Sierra Nevada, Transverse Ranges
Natural Habitat: Open sand or gravel. Elevation: 4500 - 8400'. Yellow pine forest, red fir forest.

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