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PlantFiles: English Lavender
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)

Synonym:Lavandula officinalis
Synonym:Lavandula spica
Synonym:Lavandula vera

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
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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17 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive KandAGardens On May 17, 2010, KandAGardens from Bowie, MD wrote:

Does not like too much moisture--the initial planting by the landscaper stayed too wet and it died. Bought 4 more and planted in drier area along our garden path and it is thriving for the 3rd year now. It has self seeded to produce more wonderful-smelling plants along the pathway. The smell is incredible and makes great dried flowers. Blooms all summer here.

Positive PedricksCorner On Sep 2, 2009, PedricksCorner from Freedom, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My English Lavender grows like crazy every year. Ten years ago it was just a little four inch potted herb. It is now five feet across and I have had to prune it severly several times in the last ten years. Although lavender is a drought tolerant plant, mine gets fertilized as often as the rest of the garden and when it is blooming, I keep it watered. So mine gets a far denser mass of blooms than it would otherwise. After I cut all of the first bloom off, I continue to keep it watered and fed while the weather is still warm because it will continue to put out new flower spikes. Never as much as the first time of the year, but the bees certainly appreciate it's continued offerings.

Positive purplesun On Apr 14, 2009, purplesun from Krapets
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of my favourite plants. It is quick growing, fragrant, beautiful, and attracts bees.
I grow it both in Krapets, Bulgaria (zone 7b) on the Black Sea coast, and in a container in Sofia, Bulgaria (zone 6b) at 2300 feet AMSL. It is excellent in both acid and alkaline soils, although it is most at home in alkaline soils.
Ever since I started growing English Lavender, I have tried to plant as many plants as my garden would contain. I even planted six of them around a Hardy Japanese Orange and think the combination of the hanging yellow citrus fruit and the upright spikes of English Lavender will look fantastic.
And, as an additional asset, the flower spikes can be harvested and put into cloth bags in your wardrobe to act as an excellent moth repellent.

Positive zone3gardener On Apr 13, 2009, zone3gardener from Ely, MN wrote:

I am in northern MN and have had great success with my lavender. My trick is to border my plants with rocks twice the size of my fist. The rocks store heat and keep my plants happy in the evening.

Positive doodah On Apr 30, 2007, doodah from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Can anyone identify this plant - It is labeled Lavender in the nurseries in California, but it doesn't look like English Lavender pictured here. My plant has narrow spikey leaves and has only one tiny purple flower at the end of the stems. It does smell like lavender - if my dog rubs against it looking for her ball, she smells great!

For the record - I've had this plan for 4-5 years and it is very healthy. My temperature ranges from 20 degrees or below in the winter, 100 or higher in the summer (sigh).

Positive DebinSC On Oct 20, 2006, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have this in a clay pot in a location that gets morning and mid-day sun (z8). Was a slow starter but has really come on in size this summer (it's 2nd). Very full. Only bloomed modestly but I'm hopeful for next year. Over wintered just fine outdoors in the pot with some mulch. Very, very little water required.

Positive Anitabryk2 On Jul 19, 2006, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant wintersowed nicely and grows well in my full sun beds.

Positive Pashta On Jun 16, 2006, Pashta from Moncks Corner, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have 5 small plants in my front yard by my house which receive full sun all day long. They seem to be doing very well, growing at a modest rate. I am concerned that they might get too much water because we get alot of rain, but the drainage is good, so I will just have to keep my eye on them.

Neutral bartosland On Oct 11, 2005, bartosland from Allen, TX wrote:

This is my first year to grow this. I have it in a pot on my back porch. I had a few flowers in early summer, but that was it. It has spread to fill the pot though, and I still love to smell the leaves. I am planning to bring the pot indoors this winter and hope it will do better next spring and summer.

Positive nevadagdn On Apr 27, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

In Nevada, lavender requires additional water. I learned the hard way. It still needs good drainage, but it needs lawn-quantity water here, too.

Negative Kelli On Apr 27, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

These will not thrive for me. They live a couple years and then they die.

Positive janders On Apr 2, 2005, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

Haven't had much success with this two year old plant. Very finicky watering needs, do not overwater. Foliage has not died back, but has not grown much bigger since I got it. Finally got a few flowers out of it last summer, hopefully it will do more this year. May not be very suitable for North TX, have had more success with the Spanish variety. UPDATE: Finally got a LOT of flowers out of it this year. My plant is 3 yrs old. Took a while to get established but it is very dainty and pretty now. Patience paid off!!

Positive pokerboy On Aug 28, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great scent in the foliage and flowers. Pest and disease resistant. Beautiful flowers. Very drought tolerant. This plant is available in punnets. pokerboy.

Positive eberney On May 18, 2004, eberney from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have 3 types of Lavender in my garden. Of the three, this is the most beautiful. It drapes wonderfully over my raised bed. Its smell is lovely. It needs little care, though does best when harvested after flowering. Flowers more than once a season if deadheaded. Needs watering only in drought. Great plant!

Positive granola50 On Aug 18, 2003, granola50 wrote:

Lavender should be pruned back slightly after flowering. English Lavender should be pruned back each spring to about 8" to keep it in nice form. Mine have never attracted white fly.

Positive MichaelE On Jun 9, 2003, MichaelE wrote:

I live in Northern VA and this plant does GREAT outdoors in a mostly sunny spot. This is the second year we have had the plant (actually 4 of them) and they have great curb appeal, smell terrific and do attract bees. Does anyone know if there are guidelines for pruning these shrubs, such as best time of year, where to cut on the plant, etc? They have grown significantly in just the 2 years and we may need to prune or relocate some of the plants. Thanks

Negative ximena On Mar 30, 2003, ximena wrote:

I bought three of these plants, but they brought a tiny white fly to my garden. I do not know how to get rid of this plague in a natural form.

Positive aileen On Jan 26, 2003, aileen wrote:

I grow English Lavender, Munstead, and Hidcote Blue. I propogate all by layering. In fact, when planting a new bed, I layer each plant at the very beginning, particularly the Hidcote Blue. I hold each one down with a very large hairclip that keeps the stem in contact with the soil. In this fashion, tiny plants started from seed will go further, as well as purchased plants. They do amazingly well with layering.

I also use layering to replant the middle section of a field which has a tendency to die off. I pull out the middle section and then re-lay towards centre the outside plants. They happily and quickly fill in the missing centre.

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

This lavender is one of the best for general-purposes. It tastes wonderful in cookies and jelly.

Positive haighr On Aug 8, 2002, haighr from Laurel, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love to cut this and hang upside down and use to make floral swags. Also use a lot wrapped with pine cones dipped in wax as wonderful hearth accents to later be used as fire starters.


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

Prescott Valley, Arizona
Amesti, California (2 reports)
Antelope, California
Brentwood, California
Elk Grove, California
Jacumba, California
Menifee, California (2 reports)
Merced, California
San Marino, California
Broomfield, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Littleton, Colorado
New Haven, Connecticut
Lewes, Delaware
Bradley, Florida
Holiday, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Hinesville, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Buhl, Idaho
Post Falls, Idaho
Athens, Illinois
Champaign, Illinois
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Bowie, Maryland
Brookeville, Maryland
Riverdale, Maryland
Beverly, Massachusetts
Billerica, Massachusetts
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Mashpee, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Burton, Michigan
Lake City, Michigan
Madison Heights, Michigan
Ely, Minnesota
Omaha, Nebraska
Sparks, Nevada
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Oswego, New York
Ronkonkoma, New York
Bessemer City, North Carolina
Brevard, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Medina, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Cranston, Rhode Island
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Summerville, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Thompsons Station, Tennessee
Abilene, Texas
Allen, Texas
Arlington, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Vernon, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Tremonton, Utah
Reston, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
Kirkland, Washington
Langley, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Renton, Washington
Falling Waters, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia
Oconto, Wisconsin
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Kinnear, Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming
Pavillion, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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