A very attractive and unusual bicolor Lavender, Lavandula stoechas 'Kew Red' features plump, bright, deep crimson-pink flower heads topped with pale pink flowers delicately fading to white as they mature. Also called French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Bract Lavender or Butterfly Lavender, this type of Lavender is a wonderful addition to the garden with the very distinctive look of its flowers and its highly aromatic silvery foliage.
- This French Lavender blooms almost continuously from mid-late spring to late summer. Flowering typically occurs as early as May (in areas with mild summers and winters) with another flush of blooms in June followed by another flush of color in late summer or fall.
- Evergreen in warm winter climates, this Lavender typically grows in a 24 in. (60 cm) bushy mound
- Thriving in full sun, it performs best in dry to medium, poor, light, sandy, alkaline, well-drained soils. Excellent drainage and air circulation are essential, specifically in hot, humid climates. French Lavender tolerates more acid soils than English Lavenders.
- Drought, deer, rabbit and dry soil tolerant and a real magnet for bees and butterflies!
- Spectacular in mass planting and superb in containers. Creates stunning hedges in summer thanks to its free flowering habit.
- Best if sheared back by about one-third in spring to force compact, bushy growth
Lavandula Stoechas also called French Lavender, Spanish Lavender or Butterfly Lavender is recognizable by the conspicuous sterile bracts, on top of the short dense inflorescence, resembling extravagant ears. Grown for its silvery aromatic leaves, its very distinctive flowers, however, steal the show with their "ears" sprouting from each flower head. This Lavender loves hot weather, but is more tender (Hardiness 8-9) than other Lavenders.