Displays soft yellow to chartreuse flowers on spikes above the blue-gray foliage. A fragrant easy-care perennial, ideal for dryland borders and xeriscape, also cottage gardens and containers.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
A fresh new color for lavenders are outstanding in the Mediterranean garden and arid herb rich landscapes. Add to mixed borders to provide foliage contrast and textural accents. . Group into low hedges for partitions and edging for semiformal effects. Equally at home in the drier perennial border with its European kin. A problem solver for hot banks and gentle slopes with great drainage. Just as perfect in terra cotta troughs and pots in the southern European style on terrace or patio. Plant a group of identical pots for a bolder statement with repetition.
Pair this beautiful new lavender with other outstanding Mediterranean climate plants such as Little Ollie Dwarf Olive, (Olea europea 'Montra'), Roman Beauty Rosemary, (Rosmarinus officinalis 'Roman Beauty'), Golden Spirit Smoketree, (Cotinus coggygria 'Ancot') and Blue Sapphire Ceanothus, (Ceanothus x 'Blue Sapphire'). It's perfect with other aromatic herbs such as Terra Cotta Yarrow, (Achillea millefolium 'Terra Cotta') and Icterina Sage, (Salvia officinalis 'Icterina')
The lavenders have been grown in Europe since ancient times but not classified into their own genus until the 18th century. L. stoechas is native to the hot dry regions of Spain and Portugal This species stoechas is derived from the Latin for pale gray, alluding to the color of the foliage, which in this cultivar is notably yellow-green. Extensive breeding evolved early on to increase oil production in these plants for the lavender cosmetics industry.
Lavender was used by the Egyptians and Romans extensively for fragrance and in the bath. This is why its genus name is rooted in the Latin verb lavo or lavas, meaning "to wash". It remains the most popular of scents for bed and bath products.