• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 18 to 20 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Repeat Blooming
    Blooms:
    Blooms in flushes, spring through summer.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lav-AN-dew-lah STOW-kass pen-DUNK-u-la-ta
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 18 to 20 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Blooms in flushes, spring through summer.
    Flower color:Purplish-pink
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasBeautiful as an accent for patio or garden, grouped in sunny borders or along pathways.
    Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Rose (Rosa); Coneflower (Echinacea); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in lean, loose, fast-draining, slightly alkaline soil with a gravel mulch. Plant with crowns slightly above soil level. Water regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Prune lightly after flowering to promote next season's growth.Pruning time: fall, after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This new cultivar was patented in 2012 by Howard Bentley, who along with Steve Eggleton conducts a renowned Australian breeding program that focuses on introducing quality new ornamental plants with outstanding garden performance. This cultivar is the result of a controlled self-pollination of an unnamed, unpatented variety of L. stoechas. Parents of the unnamed parent variety are the result of cross-pollination of L. stoechas 'Kew Red' (unpatented) as the female parent, and L. stoechas 'Pukehou' (unpatented) as the male. Cross-pollination of the grandparent plants took place in Park Orchards, Victoria, Australia in November 2001. From this cross the F1 generation was grown to flowering maturity, self-pollinated and the seed was sown. From these seedlings a selection was made of the seedling now referred to as 'Bentley', in a research nursery in Wonga Park, Australia. This cultivar is characterized by large red-purple terminal bracts, a broad flower spike and a bushy, compact growth habit.

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