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Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender)

English Lavender, True Lavender, Common Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)


Often associated with the famous purple fields of Provence, Lavandula angustifolia, also called English Lavender, is not native to England but to the Mediterranean. Ideal for garden borders, cooking and potpourri, this lavender also produces the best oils.

  • Delightfully fragrant when brushed against or crushed, English Lavender is celebrated for the wispy inflorescences that adorn the tip of each upright stem creating lovely drifts of cool colors that sway in the summer breeze.
  • Flowering typically occurs in early to mid-summer and tends to last 3-4 weeks. These Lavenders usually bloom once, but may enjoy a weak second flush after pruning.
  • Blue-purple, lavender, violet-blue, or white-pink, are now available depending upon cultivar.

'Nana Alba'

'Hidcote'

'Little Lottie'

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  • Equally attractive is the summer foliage of gray-green to green-purple, narrow leaves, which turns to gray-bronzed in the winter. It is aromatic when brushed against or crushed.
  • English Lavender is hardy to zones 5-9. Not sure about your growing zone? Check here
  • This semi-evergreen perennial typically grows in 2-3 ft (60-90 cm) upright clumps. The leaves are evergreen in warm winter climates.
  • English Lavender is terrific for formal or informal edging along walkways, raised walls, and borders. Fabulous in beds, rock gardens, and in mass plantings. This is also the "queen of herbs" for herb gardens.

    'Thumbelina Leigh'

    'Rosea'

    'Munstead'

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  • English Lavender performs best in full sun, in poor, alkaline, sandy soil with good drainage.
  • Drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant, English Lavender is also a magnet for bees and butterflies!
  • Can be propagated by stem cuttings taken in summer, clump division, or seeds.
  • Best if sheared back about one-third after bloom period, with annual thinning of the number of stems on mature, woody plants.

    'Folgate'

    'Miss Katherine'

    'Melissa Lilac'

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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
Plant Family Lavandula - Lavenders
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' - 3' (30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 3' (30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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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
Plant Family Lavandula - Lavenders
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' - 3' (30cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 3' (30cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Edging, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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