Sun exposure:
Full sun
South facing


Succeeds on poor soil:
Chalky / Alkaline / Well Drained / Light / Sandy

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

Plant calendar

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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.

Is known to attract Bees
Is not known to attract Beneficial insects
Beneficial insects
Is known to attract Birds
Is known to attract Butterflies/​Moths
Is known to attract Other pollinators
Other pollinators

Is Lavandula ‘Munstead’ poisonous?

Lavandula ‘Munstead’ is harmful if ingested. Its foliage is toxic.

Toxic to:
Is known to attract Cats
Is known to attract Dogs
No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Horses
Is not known to attract Livestock
Is not known to attract People