Flowers have a spicy pine fragrance, takes unrelenting summer heat
Spanish Lavender's silvery-gray, drought tolerant foliage is crowned with plump oblong purple flower bracts with a top knot of lavender petals reminiscent of bright butterflies. Hard to find from seed, the foliage and flowers of these handsome plants from the Mediterranean region have a spicy pine fragrance. Spanish Lavender takes unrelenting sun and heat. It performs well in both dry, hot landscapes and milder-climate cottage gardens and is well suited for containers.Lamiaceae Lavandula stoechas
Spanish Lavender's silvery-gray, drought tolerant foliage is crowned with plump oblong purple flower bracts with a top knot of lavender petals, reminiscent of bright butterflies. This type is especially drought and heat tolerant but is also suitable for milder-climate gardens and containers.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Growing Habit
If given excellent drainage and good air circulation, Spanish Lavender is perennial in areas where winter temperatures stay above 10˚ F.
- Spring Transplant
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm
Provide good air circulation and place in full sun.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 50°F - 95°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Hybrids and French lavenders are more tolerant of heat. Plant outside once the soil temperature is at least 50˚F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool, Warm, Hot)
Lavender needs full sun for best growth, but will still thrive in cloudy conditions.
The young plants need watering regularly until they are well established. Older plants are very drought tolerant and don't need a lot of watering. Watering Lavender overhead can cause problems, so it wise to use drip irrigation.
Lavender will do well in average soil.
- Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost
- Small Gardens?
Although Lavender is drought tolerant, when growing in a container it will need to be watered whenever the soil becomes dry. It's recommended to prune container grown Lavender in the early spring before buds form and also at the end of the growing season. These plants will benefit from being repotted annually, which is also a convenient time to add a light and well balanced feed of nutrients. Some varieties will grow rather large, and after a couple of years, they may need to be potted up into larger containers, or moved to the garden. The minimum sized container for the smallest growing varieties is about 6" in diameter, while large varieties need containers at least 1' in diameter. Be sure to place your container in sunny spot for heavier blooms.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- lavender leaves and silvery-gray foliage
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile