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Hybrid Lavender Lavandula x intermedia

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Phonetic Spelling
lah-VAN-dew-lah x in-ter-MEE-dee-uh
Description

Lavandula x intermedia is a hybrid cross between English Lavender and Portuguese Lavender.  They are somewhat less hardy, but grow larger and will produce more flower spikes. They also tend to bloom later than other Lavandula species, blooming from July to September. It will go to seed from August to October. Its location needs to be in full sun; it will not grow in a shady area.    

The leaves, petals, and flowering tips can be eaten raw as a condiment, or in stews, soups, and salads. Its strong flavor prevents using in large quantities. The flowers, both fresh and dried, can be used for making tea. Oils from the blooms are used as a food flavoring.  

Lavender is grown in the garden to provide an ornamental plant, particularly in an herb garden. It is also grown commercially for the extraction of its oils.  

Its blooms are suitable for cut flowers and also dried.  

Trimming to keep the plant neat and tidy is best accomplished in the spring. Avoid fall trimming, as that will encourage new growth that may not be cold hardy.

Seed: Nutlet 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Grosso'
    Strongest fragrance
  • 'Hidcote Giant'
    Bright violet flower spikes.
  • 'Impress Purple'
    Dark purple flower spikes.
  • 'Phenomenal'
    Blooms early. Bright violet-blue spikes.
  • 'Provence'
    Best for humid conditions.
  • 'Seal'
    Violet-blue flower spikes.
'Grosso', 'Hidcote Giant', 'Impress Purple', 'Phenomenal', 'Provence', 'Seal'
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#drought tolerant#rabbit resistant#playground#salt spray tolerant#deer resistant#children's garden#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Grosso'
    Strongest fragrance
  • 'Hidcote Giant'
    Bright violet flower spikes.
  • 'Impress Purple'
    Dark purple flower spikes.
  • 'Phenomenal'
    Blooms early. Bright violet-blue spikes.
  • 'Provence'
    Best for humid conditions.
  • 'Seal'
    Violet-blue flower spikes.
'Grosso', 'Hidcote Giant', 'Impress Purple', 'Phenomenal', 'Provence', 'Seal'
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#drought tolerant#rabbit resistant#playground#salt spray tolerant#deer resistant#children's garden#rocky soils tolerant#dry soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lavandula
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies, bees, and moths.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Edibility:
    Leaves, petals, and flower tips.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Broad
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    1.5 to 2.5 in. spike of lavender-purple, white, pink, lilac flowers in summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    1-1.7" gray-green to bluish-green leaves. In warmer climates, they can be evergreen.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Recreational Play Area
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Edible Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies