Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

  • Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Foliage to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; up to 40 in . tall in bloom.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Fragrant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer to fall
    Landscape Uses:
    Landscape Uses
  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide; up to 40 in . tall in bloom.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer to fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Mediterranean
    Design IdeasA superior plant for Mediterranean climates treated as shrub or perennial. Preference for well drained soil makes a good candidate for hot, dry slopes and banks. Rugged enough for rock gardens in warm climates where it is likely to naturalize. Exceptional component of Mediterranean style gardens both formal and casual. With similar requirements as western natives, it is suitable for xeriscape or wild gardens in dry climates. Suited to traditional mixed borders with perennials and flowering shrubs. Performs in large artistic pots and particularly beautiful in classical style with antique finish. An indispensable component of herb gardens.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The lavenders have been grown in Europe long before Linnaeus' time and he named both this genus and species. Lavandula is derived from the Latin verb lavo or lavandus - to wash, because the Romans used it extensively in their ablutions. This form is among the L. multifida clan, specificially the group native to the Canary Islands off the northwestern coast of Africa distinguished by their fern-like leaves. These can also be found under L. multifida subsp canariensis or L. abrotanoides var. canariensis. Fragrance is unusual, more akin to turpentine than to the pleasantly scented European species, therefore is cultivated for flowers primarily.