• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Prolific Flowering
    Blooms:
    Mid-Spring through Midsummer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lav-AN-dew-lah STOW-kass
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Dense mounding form; reaches 20 to 28 in. tall, 18 to 36 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Mid-Spring through Midsummer
    Flower color:Purple
    Patent 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)
  • 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.
    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:
    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.

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