Lavandula angustifolia

Scientific name: Lavandula angustifolia

Synonym: Lavandula officinalis , Lavandula spica nom. rejic. , Lavandula vera DC.


Common names: “English lavender” “Common lavender”

Plant Type: Evergreen sub-shrub


Zone: 5-8

Light: Full sun best – light shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Moderately fertile soil with less clay

Moisture: Well drained – dry, summer drought


Plant Size: H 3′ W 4′

Leaf and Stem shape: Narrow, aromatic, grey-green linear leaves

Flower: Unbranched stalks carrying short, dense spikes of fragrant, pale to deep purple flowers

Pruning: Prune after flowering or in early spring, don’t cut into old wood

Maintenance: Low, yearly trim for compactness

Landscape use: Mediterranean garden, herb garden, low hedge, over walls

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

Comments: Used to make soaps and perfumes, generally short lived plants (8 years) but can be extended with good pruning

Cultivars: ~AGM winners: L. a. ‘Imperial Gem’ , L. a. ‘Schlomis’ , L. a. ‘Miss Katherine’ , L. a. ‘Beechwood Blue’ , L. a. ‘Clarmo’ , L. a. ‘Hidcote’ , L. a. ‘Nana Alba’


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