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Lavandula stoechas

French lavender

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


Lavandula stoechas

Plant details

An attractive and unusual lavender from hot, dry Mediterranean regions, and best grown in a warm position, sheltered from cold winds and frost. It is not fully hardy, but survives well in a sunny corner or against a warm wall, and makes an excellent container plant that can be brought under cover in winter. It is an old variety, cultivated for more than 400 years, and a favourite both for its intense fragrance and also the short dense flower spikes topped with a flourish of conspicuous rich violet bracts, rather like a set of extravagant ears. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Lavandula

Species: stoechas

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to take cuttings: April to August

Reader reviews


Does this plant benefit from all-purpose plant food?


When this has died down near winter, should it be cut back or left, if so how far?


When will my lavender flower? I've had mine about 3 months it's doing really well but no flowers :0(

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