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PlantFiles: Fringed Lavender, French Lavender
Lavandula dentata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Species: dentata (den-TAY-tuh) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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:
6.1 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 semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive daigu On Feb 18, 2008, daigu from San Anselmo, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows heartily and quickly in the limestone filled soil of the Edwards plateau. Drought hardy and deer proof, water sparingly in height of summer; full sun, although it will tolerate some shade and bloom less.

Positive Kelli On May 18, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Does well as long as it is not planted in area where the roots will get very hot, like right behind a south-facing retaining wall. Fragrance is very nice.

Positive youreit On Mar 16, 2004, youreit from Knights Landing, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The foliage on this plant smells so loverly, the flowers could emit the scent of chocolate, and I wouldn't care! Though before I'd even planted the poor thing last mid-summer or so, I thought I'd killed it. It drooped, I watered. It drooped more, I stopped watering. I finally planted it [in part shade, no less] and left it in peace. It thrived throughout the winter. I've done just about everything wrong with this plant, but it's already sending up some purple shoots this year.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 21, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

French Lavender is a very lovely plant, highly suited for growing in containers which can be overwintered. It blooms for 3 months for me in the summer.

Neutral Baa On Jul 17, 2002, Baa wrote:

A small shrub from the Mediterranean.

Has dark to grey green, linear leaves with scalloped/square toothed leaf margins. Bears clusters of tiny, lightly scented, purple flowers with lighter purple bracts at the top of the flower head.

Flowers June-August

Loves a well drained, fertile soil in full sun. Not fully hardy it dislikes winter wet and can become quite drought tolerant once established.

After flowering prune off about 1 inch of the foliage to keep it neat and from becoming woody. Don't prune back hard or into old wood.


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

Huntsville, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Amesti, California
Boulder Creek, California
Canoga Park, California
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Irvine, California
Knights Landing, California
Merced, California
Mission Viejo, California
Oak Park, California
Perris, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Vista, California
Keystone Heights, Florida
Jessup, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Bastrop, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Freeland, Washington
Huntington, West Virginia

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