Lavandula pinnata (Fern Leaf Lavender)
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Lavandula pinnata (Fern Leaf Lavender)

Fern Leaf Lavender, Jagged Lavender, Lavandula pinnata var. pinnata, Lavandula pterostoechas pinnata, Lavandula madeiriense


Prized for its attractive lacy foliage, Lavandula pinnata (Fern Leaf Lavender) is a bushy, compact evergreen shrub with finely cut, pinnate silver-gray leaves adorned with broad lobes. The foliage is so handsome that some gardeners treat this lavender as an annual plant in cold-winter areas. The whole plant is covered in short white hairs, giving a silver felt-like look. Blooming continuously from late spring through summer, single or triple-headed flower spikes are borne on stalks, 8-14 in. long (20-35 cm). The flowers are deep violet and tightly encircle the flower-head. They emit a strong, earthy, medicinal ascent. Native to southern Madeira and the Canary Islands, Fern Leaf Lavender is less hardy than some lavenders and should be protected during the winter months. It is an excellent container plant.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. tall (45-60 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun and blooms from early to late summer. It performs best in poor to moderately fertile, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage and air circulation are essential. Avoid planting in heavy clay or waterlogged soils.
  • This perennial is very versatile and can be used in perennial borders, rock gardens or herb gardens.
  • Drought, deer, rabbit and dry soil tolerant and a real magnet for bees and butterflies!
  • Keep an eye out for rosemary beetle, cuckoo spit, sage leafhopper, xylella fastidiosa.
  • Prune after flowering. Lightly trim in spring if necessary. Can become woody and untidy without annual pruning.
  • Propagate by softwood or semi-ripe cuttings.
  • Native to southern Madeira and the Canary Islands (Lanzarote).

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Climate Zones 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Shrubs
Plant Family Lavandula - Lavenders
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, 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.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Climate Zones 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Herbs, Shrubs
Plant Family Lavandula - Lavenders
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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