French Lavender

Lavandula 'Fathead'

French Lavender - Lavandula  'Fathead'

Common Name: French Lavender
Genus: Lavandula
Cultivar: 'Fathead'

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
Form: Sub-shrub
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife, Makes a good hedge

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.40 m (40 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May to July

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

Named after the fat round flower heads from which delicate upright petals emerge like butterfly wings and flutter in the breeze this French Lavender is compact and goes on producing its pale plum flowers for several weeks from late spring. Like most French Lavenders, it is earlier flowering than its English cousins but associates well with them if you want to prolong the season of Lavender in your garden. Because it only grows to 40cm it is particularly useful for edging parterres or as a low hedge along a path where its heady fragrance can be enjoyed. It is hardier than most French Lavenders and will survive all but the most harshest of winters. The flower-spikes are also a magnet for bees and other nectar-loving insects.

As it's borderline hardy it is best grown in a container in colder areas of the country and should be over-wintered in a cool greenhouse or conservatory.

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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