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PlantFiles: English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Species: angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hidcote Blue
Additional cultivar information: (aka Hidcote)

Synonym:Lavandula officinalis
Synonym:Lavandula spica

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)
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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From hardwood heel cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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9 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kiwisago On May 6, 2014, kiwisago from Vancouver
Canada wrote:

Great scent, lovely colour. I tend to take it for granted in my garden as it is so trouble-free, responds fine to thoughtful pruning, and even tolerates the semi-shady spot.

Positive suentommy On Sep 7, 2010, suentommy from Souderton, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Hidcote seems to thrive on neglect. I have it growing on a hill that has seen very little water this summer and the plants are doing fine. They flower early in the year and then I cut them back and they often come out with a second bloom. The smell is heavenly and for little work these plants give so much.

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 17, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Love to keep adding different Lavenders to my garden and this is new to me this year (I found it locally.).

The flowers and foliage both look beautiful! Have it, as all my Lavenders are, in sandy, lean and very well drained soil with pea gravel on top.

Positive renatelynne On Jul 25, 2006, renatelynne from Boerne new zone 30, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Love the flowers. Love the fact that you don't have to water much. Butterflies love it. Only problem is it can get a bit leggy if you don't trim it back every year.

Positive collincountytx On May 16, 2006, collincountytx from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

My family is originally from England where there are fields and fields of lavender. I was hesitant to plant lavender in Texas (not quite as damp and overcast as England). The four hidcote in my yard are south facing in full, dry sun. I have been pleasantly surprised as to how well they have thrived. I recommned cutting them down by a third after the last blooms in late fall. Plants may look grayish and unhealthy over the winter and well into spring. When the nighttime temperatures reach about 60 degrees, the lavender starts blooming again. A beautiful, striking plant; also very popular with the bees.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 27, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I planted this from seed last year and it is still establishing itself, but doing well. I have read that it is best to prune after growth is established in spring, and in a dome shape. Stratification and light aid germination of seeds; they are slow to germinate. Blooms June - November in my garden.

Positive Lavenderlady On Sep 21, 2004, Lavenderlady from Buhl, ID wrote:

Hidcote lavender should NOT be grown by seeds. Propagation is the only good method for obtaining the exact same plant. ALL lavender that can be grown by seeds will mutate except for 'Lady' and 'Munstead.'

Lavender requires hot, dry, rocky, sandy, soil with no fertilizer. In other words poor soil. I lost lots of plants in a very rich area. I had the soil tested to find out it was too high in manure. (Previous owners) so I planted strawberry and sunflowers for the next two seasons to help leach the manure out.

'Hidcote' is great for drying as it keeps it wonderful blue color after drying. It is also great to cook with as it has a light delicate taste. The flowers look like little blueberrys just ready to burst forth. I love the fact that it doesn't get too big...about 2 feet. I have not tried growing it inside however, we have been told, and read about growing lavende inside. It just doesn't get enough light . Lighting indoors is not as strong as outdoors so it will require more. Perhaps a growing light on it 24-7? If anyone has done this, please email me with the results. I would be intrested in knowing.

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

Hidcote doesn't sulk when planted in rich soil the way some other varieties will. It can be grown in mostly shade, although it will not flower well. As with all other named varieties, it does not come true from seed.

Positive jkom51 On Nov 28, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Lavenders can be easy or temperamental. I have had little luck with 'Munstead' but good luck with the purple 'Hidcote'. In zone 9 coastal Nor. CA it blooms for months. In second and later years cut back in late fall to renew plants. Although very xeric, my 'Hidcotes' have taken watering (they are in a mixed bed) far better than the 'Munstead', which rotted quickly.


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

Amesti, California
Bear Valley Springs, California
Jacumba, California
Long Beach, California
Oakland, California
San Jose, California
Longwood, Florida
Boise, Idaho
Buhl, Idaho
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Grabill, Indiana
Muncie, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa
New Sharon, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Crofton, Maryland
Danvers, Massachusetts
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Attica, Michigan
Bellaire, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Omaha, Nebraska
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
North Tonawanda, New York
Bucyrus, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Hilliard, Ohio
Madison, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Salem, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Roscoe, Pennsylvania
Souderton, Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Rockwood, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Boerne, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Bellingham, Washington
Freeland, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
Two Rivers, Wisconsin

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