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Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia), Lavender Fragrance

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Nothing is more charming than the perfume from Lavender (Lavandula) when brushing the flowers as you pass! Native to the Mediterranean area, Lavender was already used by the Romans to perfume their baths (Lavender derives from “lavare” in Latin, meaning “to be washed”) and even by the Egyptians who covered their bodies with the perfume of Lavender unguents.

What is Lavandin?

Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) is a hybrid plant, a cross between true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia). It exhibits the best qualities of both its parents and is adored for its vigorous growth, larger blooms, and intense fragrance.

  • Habit: Lavandins are larger and more robust than true lavenders, usually growing to a height of 24-36 inches with a similar spread. They display an attractive, rounded habit with numerous branches bearing long, narrow, grey-green leaves.
  • Hardiness: Lavandin is typically hardy in USDA zones 5-9, enduring colder winters better than many other lavender species. It can withstand temperatures down to -10 degrees Fahrenheit when properly established.
  • Flowers: The flowers of lavandin are often what distinguish it most from other lavenders. Its long stems are topped with spikes of vibrant purple flowers that bloom from mid to late summer. These blooms are not only visually striking but also highly fragrant.
  • Uses: Due to their size and showy flowers, lavandins are popular for use as low hedges, borders, or in mass plantings. They’re also commonly grown for commercial lavender oil production, as their oil yield is considerably higher than that of true lavenders.
  • Benefits: Lavandin offers numerous benefits, from its lovely scent to its ability to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Its essential oils are widely used in aromatherapy for relaxation and stress relief. Moreover, it’s a great choice for drought-tolerant gardens, requiring little water once established.

With its fantastic aroma, striking flowers, and resilience, lavandin is a superb choice for any garden, offering beauty, fragrance, and versatility.

To assist you in selecting the right plant, we have prepared this guide, which we hope will be helpful to you.

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 Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Lavandula
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Hedges And Screens, Beds And Borders, Banks And Slopes, Patio And Containers, Edging
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden

Most Fragrant Lavandula x Intermedia - Lavandin

Growing Lavandin

From their aromatic oils to their resilient growth habits, here are some expert tips for successfully cultivating lavandin:

  • Location and Soil: Lavandin thrives in full sun and well-draining soil, mirroring its native Mediterranean conditions. Poor, sandy, or rocky soils are often best. Plant lavandin in a spot where it will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Planting: Space lavandin plants about 2-3 feet (60-90 cm) apart, as they grow wider than true lavenders. For hedge planting, reduce the space to 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart. Planting in early spring or fall is ideal for its root development.
  • Watering: Though drought-tolerant once established, lavandin needs regular watering after planting until it’s fully established. Water deeply and infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out between watering to prevent root rot.
  • Pruning: Lavandins should be pruned annually in early spring to maintain their shape and promote vigorous growth. A good rule of thumb is to remove one-third of the plant during pruning.
  • Harvesting: For use in aromatherapy or crafts, harvest lavandin flowers right when they open, usually in summer. Drying the flowers immediately after harvesting preserves their color and fragrance.
  • Pests and Diseases: Lavandin is relatively pest-free. However, poor drainage leading to root rot is a common issue. Ensure plants have excellent drainage and airflow.

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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 Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Genus Lavandula
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Hedges And Screens, Beds And Borders, Banks And Slopes, Patio And Containers, Edging
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Traditional Garden
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