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Lavandula pedunculata subsp. pedunculata

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© RHS 1999

Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H3 (may need winter protection)

Colour

Flower

Purple and Dark Purple in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

French lavender

Family

Lamiaceae


Lavandula are small aromatic evergreen shrubs with usually narrow, simple, entire, toothed or lobed leaves and small tubular flowers in dense spikes in summer

L. pedunculata subsp. pedunculata is a bushy evergreen shrub with narrow, grey-green leaves, and small violet flowers in long-stalked, dense ovoid heads tipped with large purple bracts

Synonym(s)

  • Lavandula stoechas 'Butterfly'
  • Lavandula stoechas 'Papillon'
  • Lavandula 'Butterfly'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Mediterranean Climate Plants, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Wildlife Gardens, Coastal or Drought Resistant


How to care

Pests

Can get rosemary leaf beetle and cuckoo spit (froghoppers)

Diseases

Grey mould may be a problem