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Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’

Munstead lavender

  • Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
  • Common name: Munstead lavender
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Shrub, Evergreen
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Munstead lavender  (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’) is a compact lavender, named after Gertrude Jekyll’s garden at Munstead Wood. It bears dense spikes of fragrant, blue-purple flowers above aromatic, grey-green leaves. It’s a popular lavender for gravel gardens, along with edging paths and borders – when you brush past it the aromas from its foliage are released.


Is Munstead lavender the same as English lavender?

Yes. Munstead lavender is a cultivated variety of English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia.

Like all English lavenders, Munstead lavender is a perennial, low-growing woody shrub. It flowers in summer and its flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators.

What’s the difference between Munstead lavender and Hidcote lavender?

‘Munstead’ and ‘Hidcote’ are two types of English lavender. ‘Hidcote’ has more tightly packed and darker coloured flowers than ‘Munstead’, whereas ‘Munstead’ flowers are lighter in colour and have more of a shaggy appearance.


Grow Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ in well-drained soil in full sun. Cut back the flower stalks after they have finished or leave the seeds standing for birds. Trim back plants in April, if necessary.

Advice on buying Munstead lavender

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  • Munstead lavender is available from a range of garden centres and nurseries
  • Always check plants for signs of damage or disease before planting

Where to buy Munstead lavender

How to grow Lavandula 'Munstead'

  • Plant size

    45cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Lavandula 'Munstead' and wildlife

Lavandula 'Munstead' is known for attracting bees, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It is a caterpillar food plant, has nectar/pollen rich flowers, has seeds for birds and makes a good wildlife hedge.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Lavandula 'Munstead' poisonous?

Lavandula 'Munstead' is harmful if ingested. Its foliage are toxic.

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Toxic to Cats

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No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People