Lavender

Lavandula × chaytoriae 'Silver Sands'

Lavender - Lavandula × chaytoriae  'Silver Sands'

Common Name: Lavender
Genus: Lavandula
Species: × chaytoriae
Cultivar: 'Silver Sands'

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 interesting foliage, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.80 m (80 cm)

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

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

This is quite a new introduction and as the name suggests it has striking silver foliage. It is topped with spires of dark purple flowers throughout the summer and the contrast between these and the foliage is stunning. It is quite a tough plant which although not quite fully hardy it overwinters well. It works well in a Mediterranean garden and like all lavenders it is a magnet for bees and other nectar-loving insects.

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


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