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Lavandula x intermedia (Lavandin)

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What is Lavandin?

Lavandula x intermedia, commonly referred to as Lavandin, is a hybrid lavender variety born from the cross between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia. This hybrid species boasts both ornamental and commercial benefits, which have led to its widespread cultivation around the world.

  • Habit: The plant habit of Lavandula x intermedia is characterized by its dense, semi-evergreen shrub-like nature. It forms a bushy mound of silvery-grey, linear leaves. The mature size of these plants generally ranges between 2 to 3 feet (60-90 cm) in height and spread, although some cultivars may reach larger sizes.
  • Hardiness: Its hardiness varies from zones 5 to 9, making it slightly less hardy than English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). However, it tends to grow larger and produce more flower spikes than other Lavenders.
  • Flowers: The hallmark of Lavandula x intermedia is its flowers. From mid to late summer, it produces abundant flower spikes carrying small, fragrant, purple-blue flowers. The flowers have a stronger, sharper scent than other lavenders due to their higher camphor content, and they are excellent for cutting and drying.
  • Uses: Lavandula x intermedia has a wide array of uses and benefits. It is cultivated extensively for the production of lavender oil, used in aromatherapy and perfume industries due to its potent fragrance. In landscaping, it’s employed as a border plant, in rock gardens, or as a part of a perennial garden.
  • Benefits: It’s an attractive plant for pollinators, offering a source of nectar for bees and butterflies, thus enhancing biodiversity. Its flowers and foliage also have culinary uses, lending a delicate flavor to dishes and drinks.
  • In addition, Lavandula x intermedia is known for its potential health benefits. It’s used in herbal medicine, with studies indicating potential soothing and antiseptic properties. The aroma of its essential oil may help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and elevate mood. However, it’s important to use it wisely and consult a healthcare provider before using it for medical purposes.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Lavandula
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Patio And Containers, Hedges And Screens, Beds And Borders, Banks And Slopes, Edging
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

Favorite Lavandula x intermedia Cultivars

Planting Lavandin

Planting Lavandula x intermedia, or Lavandin, requires some planning to ensure the best-growing conditions for this sun-loving and drought-tolerant plant.

  • Choose a site that receives full sun for at least six hours a day. Lavandin thrives in well-drained soil and does not tolerate water-logging. If your soil is heavy clay or tends to retain water, consider amending it with coarse sand or small gravel to improve drainage or plant in raised beds or mounds.
  • Lavandin plants should be spaced about 2 to 3 feet (60-90 cm) apart to provide sufficient room for growth and good air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. Spring is a good time for planting once the risk of severe frost has passed.
  • Dig a hole wide and deep enough to accommodate the root ball. Set the plant in the hole, ensuring the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill the hole with soil, firming it gently around the base of the plant.
  • After planting, water thoroughly and apply a light layer of compost or organic mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. However, be careful not to mound mulch against the stem, which could encourage rot.

Once established, Lavandin is fairly low-maintenance, needing only occasional watering during particularly dry periods and a yearly pruning in early spring to maintain its shape and promote vigorous, bushy growth.

Discover These Helpful Guides for Further Reading

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Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Lavandula
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Patio And Containers, Hedges And Screens, Beds And Borders, Banks And Slopes, Edging
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden
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