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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Category:

Herbs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

4
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1
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Positive

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

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

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

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

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.