Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia  'Munstead'

Common Name: Lavender
Genus: Lavandula
Species: angustifolia
Cultivar: 'Munstead'

The word Lavandula is derived from the Latin for ‘wash’; a reference to how the Greeks and Romans would use these plants as a herbal additive in their bathing water.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue, Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

A compact lavender named after Gertrude Jekyll's garden at Munstead Wood. It produces dense spikes of fragrant bluish purple summer flowers above slender aromatic grey-green leaves. This is a lovely lavender for edging paths and borders; the aromatic foliage perfumes the air if you brush against it. It also works well in a gravel garden or clipped into a formal sphere for a contemporary look. The flower-spikes are highly attractive to bees and other nectar-loving insects.

Garden Care: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Carefully trim back in April taking care not to cut into old wood.


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