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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Lavender
Common Name (Alternative): English Lavender

Deep violet-purple flower spikes fill the air with their sweet, intoxicating fragrance all summer long. Though this cultivar has been grown for over 50 years, it remains one of the most popular today. Its compact habit and relatively short stature makes it a good choice for edging. It is very similar to 'Munstead.'

Lavender has been grown for centuries for its intensely fragrant flowers and beautiful appearance. It is a staple item of every sunny garden, and its dried flowers are widely used in potpourris and arrangements.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  16-18 Inches
Spread:
  12-15 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Silver/grey shades
Hardiness Zone:
5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Formal
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Edging
Evergreen
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2001
  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1993

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Lavender must be grown in full sun to be able to produce flowers, so do not hesitate to plant them in those hot, dry areas where nothing else seems to grow.  They will actually grow better in poor, gravelly soil than in rich humus; don't be tempted to enrich the soil when you plant it.  Sharp drainage, especially in winter, is essential for preventing crown rot.  Other than that, Lavender is known to have few problems with pests and diseases.  Shearing back the evergreen foliage in early spring will rejuvenate plants and stimulate new growth.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Pennisetum alopecuroides
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Achillea 'Coronation Gold'
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low'
Common Name: Catmint
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Hemerocallis 'Lavender Stardust'
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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History:

The name Lavender comes from the Latin word "to wash." Lavender was commonly used to scent soap.

Fun Facts:

Though lavender is often used in potpourri, its flowers are also edible.  They add a sweetly perfumed to spicy taste in both savory and sweet foods and drinks.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.