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Herbs: Spanish and French Lavender

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CBernard
Perris, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2005
7:29 PM

Post #1706779

In Spring (2004), I purchased from a local nursery a French Lavender and a Spanish Lavender plants. I was told by the nursery that English Lavender doesn't do well in our part of So Cal. I have lost the ID on the plants and I don't know which is which. Does anybody have an idea of how to tell them apart? I am not much of a photographer although I have a digital camera.

Thanks,

Chuck
Breezymeadow
Culpeper, VA
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2005
7:37 PM

Post #1706787

If I'm not mistaken, I believe the Spanish lavender has somewhat fringed edges to its leaves.
Cheryl_IL

(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2005
4:07 AM

Post #1715516

here is a web site that describes each. I had no idea there are so many!

http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavendercareandtips.htm

Spanish Lavender
http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavstochas.htm

French Lavender
http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavdentata.htm
CBernard
Perris, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 4, 2006
4:13 AM

Post #2085285

This is the first time this plant has bloomed. This is the third spring I have had this plant. Is this a French Lavender or a Spanish Lavender? This photo was taken right after a rain and the colors were so vivid.

Thanks,

Chuck

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CBernard
Perris, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2006
5:35 AM

Post #2115945

This is a photo of what I was talking about. I can't seem to find what I am looking for in the lavenders...the three blossoms on every stem. I can't find the correct common name of this lavender.

Thanks,

Chuck

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critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 16, 2006
6:34 AM

Post #2115975

The "3 blossoms on every stem" is a growth habit I've seen on lots of different varieties. I'm working from memory here, not always reliable, LOL... but isn't Spanish Lavender the one that has 2 larger petals like wings near the base of the bloom?

Click on the "Spring Growing Guide" at DeBaggio's, http://www.debaggioherbs.com/ for an excellent discussion/description of different lavenders.
CBernard
Perris, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2006
1:46 PM

Post #2116314

Critterologist,

Thanks for the help. I have a reminder on my Internet calendar to access the debaggioherbs on March 25.

Thanks again,

Chuck
Cheryl_IL

(Zone 5b)

March 16, 2006
3:24 PM

Post #2116526

here are close-up pictures of each type. It looks like the spanish lavender has the pineapple-shaped flower heads and the "wings." and my guess is that yours is the French, but it's hard to tell.

Try comparing your lavender with these pictures.

http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavendercareandtips.htm

spanish lavender pictures
http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavstochas.htm

french lavender pictures
http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/lavdentata.htm
DanaDW
Pahrump, NV
(Zone 8a)

March 16, 2006
5:16 PM

Post #2116730

Yours is definitely French. Blooms on Spanish are very distinctive, look like little butterflies more than flowers.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 17, 2006
2:07 AM

Post #2117797

Zone envy here--I love Lavender but the heat and humidity her always doom it to a very short lifespan!
CBernard
Perris, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 18, 2006
1:06 PM

Post #2120651

dmj1218,

I know what you mean about not being able to grow everything. When I went shopping for lavender plants in 2004, I was dismayed to find out that English Lavender doesn't grow in our area and most local nurseries don't stock them. That is why I have French and Spanish lavenders...do these last longer in your area?


Take care,

Chuck
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 18, 2006
1:10 PM

Post #2120655

Chuck--Lots of humidity and heat here--none of them last more than a year.But sometimes they will make it over winter if bought in late fall (Oct) and bloom late winter.
Debbie
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 20, 2006
6:37 AM

Post #2124668

Chuck... I see you live in CA... I hope you won't be too bummed, but I think you missed the part where DeBaggio's doesn't ship. :-(
CBernard
Perris, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2006
6:23 PM

Post #2125755

Thanks for telling me, Critterologist. I am still going to wait until March 25th when their website opens again so maybe I can learn something more about the Lavenders.

Thanks again,

Chuck
cyra
Central Valley, CA
(Zone 9b)

June 14, 2008
11:13 AM

Post #5102079

Here's a lovely page all about lavenders...:

http://www.rustyacres.com/lavender/index.htm

I'm planting a hedge of the Grosso and Provence varieties in the morning, mainly for their perfume, but also for their long stems, which are lovely for making lavender wands.
Plus, I rarely see bees anymore, here, in spite of my comfrey, echinacea, and valerian being in flower; (CCD?), so I'm hoping to encourage them to visit more often.

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