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Lavandula stoechas

French lavender

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  • Lavandula stoechas | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • Lavandula stoechas | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020

Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height0.4m to 0.65m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourDark purple
  • Leaf ColourGrey green woolly
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Lavandula stoechas (French lavender). This species has very striking flowers, It is a small neat shrub. The leaves are pine-scented with narrow silvery green leaves. In late spring and summer it is covered with spikes of deep purple flowers. You should cut back each spring just above the previous year's point of growth.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Butterfly lavender, Lavender

Origin

Mediterranean

Interest and use

Walls, rock garden, border, fragrance, container, cutting bed Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They will prefer full sun with fertile, well-drained soil; they will thrive in both acidic and alkaline soils. You can propagate from seeds or cuttings in the summer.

Propagation

You can propagate seed or by dropping in the spring, by heel cuttings, or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may cause problems.

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