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Lavender

Perennial

 

  Planting Zones:

Zones 8, 9, 12-24, 30, 32-34, 39

Exposure:

Full sun

Water:

Moderate

Summary:

Lavandula angustifolia

This is the sweetly fragrant lavender used for perfume and sachets. Common name notwithstanding, it is native not to England but to mountains of southern Europe. It’s the hardiest, most widely planted species. In Zones 2 and 3, it is shorter=lived, lasting only 3 to 5 years. Most varieties are fairly low growing, forming mounds of foliage from 8 in. to 2 ft. high and wide. Narrow, smooth-edged, gray-green or silvery gray leaves to 2 in. long. Unbranched flower stems rise 4–12 in. above foliage, and are topped with 1–4-in.-long spikes of flowers in white, pink, lavender blue, or various shades of purple. Blooms mainly appear from early to midsummer, but some varieties repeat in late summer or fall.

 


(Sunset Western Garden Book)
 

 

 

 
 

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