English Lavender 'Thumbelina Leigh'

Lavandula angustifolia

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Species: angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Thumbelina Leigh
Additional cultivar information:(PP15231)
Hybridized by Hall
Registered or introduced: 2003
Synonym:Lavandula officinalis
Synonym:Lavandula spica




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


Grown for foliage



Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Anselmo, California

Santa Rosa, California

Louisville, Kentucky

Wallace, West Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 2, 2014, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

I'm torn as to whether I should give this plant a positive or neutral rating. It is a great compact lavender, perfect for containers. However, that is also it's problem. It's congested foliage makes it prone to rot in humidity and wet. It is a good idea to clean out the central foliage and have fungicide on the ready. Other than that, a great plant.


On Sep 15, 2010, Iluvsedums from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

Great small lavender, grows only 12" tall & flowers profusely in Summer, bees love it. I agreed too, best lavender I have grown. I have 5 plants & I want more! If you want a short lavender, this is the one to get!


On Jun 26, 2009, lavendersheila from Wallace, WV wrote:

I planted this English Lavender 'Thumbelina Leigh' Lavandula angustifolia last summer. It made it through the winter better than Munstead or Hidcote, even though we had weather down to -10 below. Now, June 26 '09, it is blooming beautifully. Best lavender I have ever grown. I diffenitly recommend it to anyone in zone 6.