Olive Herb (Santolina rosmarinifolia)

Olive Herb (Santolina rosmarinifolia)

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The Olive Herb is a perennial herb with bright green leaves that have a brilliant Mediterranean olive-like aroma when crushed. Common names for Olive Herb are Green Lavender Cotton, Holy Flax, or Santolina.  It is a member of the daisy family and native to western Europe.  Olive Herb is cold hardy and fast-growing and good bit drought tolerant.  It's soft, yet hardy leaves are perfect for use in salad dressing and as a seasoning. Olive Herb develops small yellow long-lasting button flowers. 

Plant Type
Perennial Herb 

Harvest Season
Flowers: Summer

Mature Size
Up to 2 ft.

Soil & Moisture
Water regularly but sparsely. Light, well-drained soil.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 6; Patio/Greenhouse 4+


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How to Grow Olive Herb

Plant Type: Perennial Herb 

Harvest Season: Blooms in Summer. Harvest leaves year-round.

Mature Size: 1-2 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Water regularly but sparsely. Light, well-drained soil.

Exposure: Full Sun, Light Shade

Zone Hardiness: 

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