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French Lavender (Lavandula dentata)

Color Name: Tiara

The word Lavandula is derived from the Latin for ‘wash’; a reference to how the Greeks and Romans would use these plants as a herbal additive in their bathing water.

Unusual spikes of large blue flower heads topped with creamy-white flags throughout spring and summer and aromatic silvery-grey leaves. An exciting new introduction to the French lavender range which has a compact yet upright habit making it perfect for all gardens and in particular patio pots.

As it's borderline hardy it is best grown in a container in colder areas of the country and should be over-wintered in a cool greenhouse or conservatory.

Other Features: Highly aromatic flowers and leaves which can be used for making pot-pourri.


Besides its importance as a fragrance, lavender is considered calming to those with nervous tension. Lavender oil is sometimes rubbed into the temples for head pain, added to bath water for an anxiety-reducing bath, or put on a cotton ball and placed inside a pillowcase to treat insomnia. Lavender flowers are added to tea formulas for a pleasing, soothing aroma; the tea is sipped throughout the day to ease nervous tension. Lavender has a mildly sedating action and also is a weak antispasmodic for muscular tension, specifically relaxing the large muscles in the back.

Lavender also may alleviate gas and bloating in intestines, as most herbs high in volatile oils are reported to do. One of lavender's volatile oils, linalool, has been found to relax the bronchial passages, reducing inflammatory and allergic reactions. Lavender is sometimes included in asthma, cough, and other respiratory formulas. Linalool is also credited as an expectorant and antiseptic.

Growing Tips: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded. Avoid early spring pruning as flowers will be delayed. Keep dry during the winter.

Flower Color: Blue shades / Foliage Color: Green shades

Height: 24 Inches / Spread: 24 Inches

Hardy in Zone:8
Blooms:Summer
Foliage Season:Summer
Exposure:
Full Sun
Full Sun
Soil Moisture Needs:
Moderate
Moderate
Growth Rate:Medium
Characteristics:
Cut Flower or Foliage
Cut Flower or Foliage
Dried Flower
Dried Flower
Fragrant
Fragrant
Container
Container
Extended Bloomer
Extended Bloomer
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Border
  • Specimen Plant
  • Landscapes
Attracts:
Butterflies
Butterflies
Critter Resistance:
Deer
Deer