French Lavender

Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas f. rosea 'Kew Red'

French Lavender - Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas f. rosea  'Kew Red'

Common Name: French Lavender
Genus: Lavandula
Species: stoechas subsp. stoechas f. rosea
Cultivar: 'Kew Red'

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, Suitable for growing in containers, Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to August

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

One of the most eye catching French Lavenders with fat flower heads studded with tiny bright cerise flowers from which delicate pale pink upright flags emerge like butterfly wings and flutter in the breeze. The flowers go on for weeks from late spring among grey-green aromatic evergreen foliage. It looks wonderful planted en masse in a protected sunny border where its heady fragrance can be enjoyed or in a container. Like most French Lavenders this 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 beneficial insects. In frost-prone areas it is best grown in a large container and over-wintered indoors.

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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