Hardiness: USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) 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)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Violet/Lavender Dark Purple/Black
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Herbaceous Silver/Gray Aromatic Smooth-Textured
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline) 7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From hardwood heel cuttings From seed; stratify if sowing indoors From seed; sow indoors before last frost By simple layering
Seed Collecting: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I've had two attempts in growing the French/Spanish lavender (L. stoechas), once with a fully-grown plant, and once from seed. In my experience, It does not survive the humidity here in Miami. It is really sad to just watch a perfectly healthy bush die in less than two weeks. Its leaves browned suddenly, and it never recovered. The seedlings did a better job (maybe I have to include the "winter" factor, since the months of November through February are less humid) in surviving, however as soon as the humid months started (May) in their full force, same thing happened to the seedlings as well.
On Aug 10, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:
We have had lavender growing in our yard for at least fifteen years now. These plants are very tolerant of frost and drought. The blossoms have a wondrous architectural style and the bees love them. Superb plant!
I had planted spanish lavender back in February 2006 and it was doing very well and then all of a sudden it died, I don't know if I overwatered it we have our irrigation system running 3 times a day for about 15 minutes at a time since its very hot here in Arizona.
On Mar 21, 2005, saya from Heerlen Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:
According to my nursery-lady, Linda Bastin, who grows an important collection of 125 different Lavendula, L. stoechas prefers acid soil. This in contrary to other Lavandula. Similar to all Lavandula they love a well drained sunny spot and are grown best in stony poor soil..their natural environment. In those poor conditions L. stoechas has a better chance to survive our winters (zone 8) where it is doubtfull hardy. Joan Head, who keeps an important Lavandula collection in England, has planted her most rare and most tender Lavandula on the ruins of old sheds and barns around her house for that reason. Linda told me that Lavandula stoechas 'Helmsdale', L. s. 'Marshwood', L. s. 'Willow Vale' en L. s. 'Avenue Bellevue' have shown more hardy to her and can withstand frosts and rain better.
On Oct 16, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées France (Zone 8a) wrote:
Although generally known as French lavender, this plant is really native to Madeira, the Middle East, North Africa, from north-east Spain right along the Mediterranean to Turkey (this includes S France), Tenerife.
It is a compact lavender with stout purple flower heads topped by lavender-coloured sterile bracts.
It was possibly the first lavender to be used for oil, though it is little used for that purpose today.
A fine plant for the garden, hardy to about -5C, it has a long flowering period
On May 1, 2004, crazyplantman42 from Fayetteville, GA wrote:
After trying three different lavenders in my zone 7 garden this one has fared the best. It puts out a huge display of charming purple flowers in late March through May that bees absolutely love. It was my initial understanding that lavenders would not hold up to the intense humindity my climate offers but the mediterranean lavenders seem to thrive in it.
On Jan 21, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Also called 'Mickey Mouse Lavender' because of the large pink flowers atop the flower heads.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Blue Mountain, Alabama New Market, Alabama Phoenix, Arizona Amesti, California Berkeley, California Citrus Heights, California Clayton, California Cool, California Encinitas, California Lemoore, California Merced, California North Fork, California Oak View, California Palos Verdes Estates, California Perris, California Sacramento, California San Dimas, California San Leandro, California Santa Ana, California Santa Barbara, California Tracy, California Vista, California (2 reports) Wildomar, California Jacksonville, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Fayetteville, Georgia Stone Mountain, Georgia Lewiston, Idaho Las Vegas, Nevada Bridgewater, New Jersey Roswell, New Mexico Charlotte, North Carolina Glen Raven, North Carolina Southport, North Carolina Harrah, Oklahoma Ashland, Oregon Gold Hill, Oregon Hillsboro, Oregon Portland, Oregon Knoxville, Tennessee Alice, Texas Appleby, Texas Atlanta, Texas Bryan, Texas Dallas, Texas Deer Park, Texas Lucas, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Wells Branch, Texas Gloucester Courthouse, Virginia Kalama, Washington Navy Yard City, Washington Seattle, Washington Tacoma, Washington Vancouver, Washington White Center, Washington