French Lavender

Lavandula 'Regal Splendour' (PBR)

French Lavender - Lavandula  'Regal Splendour' (PBR)

Common Name: French Lavender
Genus: Lavandula
Cultivar: 'Regal Splendour' (PBR)

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: Half-HardyHeight: 0.70 m (70 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: April & May

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

From fat round flower heads delicate upright flags emerge like butterfly wings and flutter in the breeze among grey-green aromatic leaves. This French Lavender has dark purple flowers and looks wonderful planted en masse in a protected sunny border where its heady fragrance can be enjoyed. 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. 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 to retain a compact shape. Carefully trim back in April taking care not to cut into old wood.


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