Friday, January 21, 2011

Lavender......Spanish That Is........

 Lavandula stoechas

It is easy to see why this plant is sometimes called Rabbit Ears Lavender and the bloom is described as a pineapple. The colorful "ears" are actually sterile bracts

This one year old Spanish Lavender bush is ready to explode with color. The early spring dark purple flower heads look great with, and bloom at the same time as Rockroses. Add a few Golden Sage plants for a show-stopping contrast. Loved by bees, Spanish Lavender will make your garden hum with life.
Spanish Lavender blooms profusely in the spring and when it finishes it needs a good pruning. The result will be an attractive, fragrant, gray-green shrub throughout the rest of the year, similar to the woody ornamental Texas Sage.

Native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa, Spanish Lavender seems to be a more suitable lavender choice for those who garden in hot humid climates.The antiseptic, piney fragrance of Spanish Lavender makes it an exceptionally fragrant landscape plant but not the first choice for use in cooking. English Lavenders, both Lavandula angustifolias and Lavandula x intermedias, are preferred in the kitchen.

Spanish Lavender is probably what the ancient Greeks and Romans used to scent their bath water. Indeed the word Lavender is from Latin lavare (to wash). Spanish Lavender is often referred to in older publications as French Lavender (which, today, is how we refer to L. dentata).

Cultural information  (where and how it grows)

Height.........1.5 to 2 feet tall

Zones 8- 11 perennial

Flower...Dark Purple

Full Sun, Evergreen in proper zone...Water Conserving

Must have excellent drainage and good air circulation

(Information taken in part from Mountain Valley Growers)

1 comment:

  1. I have a spanish lavender that is about 8 mos old so it won't bloom for a few more months. I have it indoors full sun and water to keep the dirt moist but still have quite a few dark brown leaves near the bottom so am I under watering or over watering?