Winter Bee Spanish Lavender
Winter Bee Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas 'Winter Bee' Plant Patent #20,840Item #2659 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
The primary stems as well as side branches produce rich dark purple fragrant flowers, creating a greater display than other Spanish lavenders. This robust selection also survives hot humid and cold wet weather. An easy-care shrub for borders and gardens.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Dense mounding form; reaches 20 to 28 in. tall, 18 to 36 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lav-AN-dew-lah STOW-kassPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Dense mounding form; reaches 20 to 28 in. tall, 18 to 36 in. wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Mid-Spring through MidsummerFlower color:PurplePatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.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.Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Rose (Rosa); Coneflower (Echinacea); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:The lavenders have been grown in Europe long before Linnaeus's 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. L. stoechas is known as French or Spanish lavender and considered the most drought and heat tolerant. It is native to the far west of Europe from central Spain to Portugal. Winter Bee' was developed by Larkman Nursery, an extensive grower of lavender cultivars in Australia.Lore:Lavender first became associated with soaps during Roman times when it was often used for fragrance in their famous baths. It has remained a widely cultivated crop for the oil that adds fragrance to perfumes and cosmetics.