Winter Bee Spanish Lavender
Winter Bee Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas 'Winter Bee' Plant Patent #20,840Item #2659 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
A robust, floriferous Spanish lavender with fine, dense, gray-green foliage and primary stems as well as side branches that produce rich dark purple, fragrant flowers, creating a fuller, even shower display than others. Withstands hot, humid conditions as well as cold, wet weather very well. A great easy-care evergreen shrub for sunny borders and gardens.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 28 in. tall, 18 to 36 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lav-AN-dew-lah STOW-kassPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:MoundingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 28 in. tall, 18 to 36 in. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage 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 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: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: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 and 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.