Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia

Common Name: Lavender
Genus: Lavandula
Species: angustifolia

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, Makes a good hedge, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: 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

Dense spikes of fragrant pale to deep purple summer flowers appear in summer above slender steely grey-green foliage. This lovely large lavender makes a gorgeous flowering informal hedge, especially along a path where its fragrance can be appreciated. A stalwart of traditional English gardens it also looks good in a gravel garden or clipped into a formal sphere for a contemporary look. The flower-spikes are highly attractive to bees and other beneficial 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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