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Lavandula stoechas subsp. pedunculata

Lavender

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Lavender

Feature

Aromatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Clive Nichols, copyright GAP Photos (83260)

Plant details

This Portugese/Spanish lavender has long purple bracts like rabbit's 'ears' on tall stems in June and July, held well clear of the short, grey-green aromatic foliage. It needs a hot, dry, sheltered position to thrive, with excellent drainage, and withstands drought well. If you can't provide these conditions, grow in a large container and stand under cover in winter. Give a light trim after flowering, but don't cut it hard back. It is still sometimes sold as L. stoechas 'Papillon', and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Lavandula

Species: stoechas subsp. pedunculata

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to take cuttings: April to August


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