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.
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.
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?
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?
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.