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Lavandula angustifolia

Phonetic Spelling
lah-VAN-dew-lah an-gus-tih-FOH-lee-ah
Description

Lavender is a well-loved perennial which is at times difficult to grow in NC. It requires perfectly drained soil (preferably on the dry side) and full sun and will die out in heavy clays (lavender does not like wet feet!).

The flowers can be dried and used in potpourris. Cut back yearly.

Cultivars:
  • 'Munstead'
Tags:
#purple#white#butterflies#evergreen#pink#sun#pollinators#summer#drought tolerant#edible#perennial#green#shrub#grey#herbs#cpp
Cultivars:
  • 'Munstead'
Tags:
#purple#white#butterflies#evergreen#pink#sun#pollinators#summer#drought tolerant#edible#perennial#green#shrub#grey#herbs#cpp
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lavandula
    Species:
    angustifolia
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Potpourris; herb pillows; crafts, vinegars, jellies.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean region
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    1.5 to 2.5 in. spike of lavender-purple, white, pink, lilac flowers in summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Hairy
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, entire, gray-green to bluish green leaves; 1 to 1.7 in. long; fragrant
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Problems:
    Frequent Disease Problems