PlantFiles: Fringed Lavender, French Lavender Lavandula dentata
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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.
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.
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.
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) , California Amesti, California Boulder Creek, California Castro Valley, California Clayton, California Fairfield, California Irvine, California Knights Landing, California Merced, California Mission Viejo, California Perris, California Pleasant Hill, California Vista, California Keystone Heights, Florida Jessup, Pennsylvania Knoxville, Tennessee Bastrop, Texas Briarcliff, Texas Eagle Mountain, Texas Huntington, West Virginia