Provence French Lavender
Provence French Lavender
Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'Item #2813 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
An evergreen perennial shrub with gray green foliage and abundant, fragrant, purple flower spikes that attract butterflies. Useful as hedge or edging in herb garden. Highly effective in mass plantings. Flowers may be dried and crushed to use in sachets.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:la-VAN-dew-la in-ter-MEE-dee-uhPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growth; reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Compact Form, Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Gift Plant, WaterwiseFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PurpleDesign IdeasA superior plant 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.Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Coneflower (Echinacea); Rose (Rosa); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
- CareCare InformationThrives in light, well-drained, alkaline soil with average to low fertility. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Clip spent flowers to promote continued bloom.Pruning time: summer, after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreLore:Since the ancient Phoenicians and Egyptians who first utilized its oils, lavender has been central to medicine and hygiene of many cultures. The lavenders have been grown in Europe for centuries dating back to the Romans. It is from the Latin verb lavo that the genus was named, for this plant was commonly used in the famous Roman baths. It has remained in soaps and cosmetics ever since. This French lavender is not native to France but to drier Spain, Greece and North Africa; due to its widespread cultivation in the region of Provence, however, it has become decidedly French.