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PlantFiles: English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'

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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: Munstead

Synonym:Lavandula officinalis
Synonym:Lavandula spica

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27 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
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:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Silver/Gray
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By stooling or mound layering

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

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6 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive EvilPlot On Sep 27, 2011, EvilPlot from Calgary , AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Germinated well (indoors, end of May, before last frost date) and promptly hardened off outside (container grown) once all danger of frost was over. Grows slowly initially (first month), but takes off in a hurry and branched out without needing any pruning. Flowered after only 2.5 months outside!

Definitely a keeper to have in the garden. Even my cats love to brush against it (and makes the cats smell better!). Don't overwater - lavenders don't like wet feet. Well draining soil mixed with perlite or sand seems to keep them really happy.

Will update on how it overwinters here in zone 3.

Positive flybynyte On Sep 11, 2011, flybynyte from Webster, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

i reside in ne/sd where winters are rather brutal. i have successfully grown this silver/gray foliage, woody plant for over 6 years now. in fact, i have a volunteer plant growing right beside it (3yrs?). sure, we have had plenty of snowcover, and most likely figures into the plants survival. such a calming experience to brush up against it. i hope to collect some seed and put them with a shrub rose that i just successfully air-layered.

Negative goofybulb On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from El Paso, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am crazy about lavenders, so I've tried to grow Munstead as a bush and started from seeds. As it happened with the French/Spanish lavender (L. Stoechas), both attempts failed in the same catastrophic way - browning of the leaves over a very short period of time.
A few mentions though, from my own experience:
-I started simultaneously Munstead and French. Munstead germinated later (in about 12-14 days) as compared with the French (7 days).
-for most of the life of the seedlings, they were more robust and developed more than the French type.
-French branched voluntarily, while Munstead I had to prune to favor branching
-Munstead died faster (mid-April), so It's more sensitive to the heat-humidity combination of South-Eastern Florida.

Positive bbinnj On Aug 25, 2006, bbinnj from West Orange, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the oldest lavender I grow, over 10 years and still going strong with neglect. I have it in part-shade, that's the amazing thing. If I deadhead, it blooms twice for me in a season. Love it.

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

'Munstead' has grown very well for me; faster than the several other lavenders I have tried. 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.

Neutral CaptMicha On Aug 12, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A strange plant. I bought one a couple of years ago, it did pretty well but didn't survive the winter. We bought some new ones and they did pretty well but didn't really grow.

The second year they started spreading into a nice sized mound. Then they flowered and when they flower they flower for a looonnnngggg time. You wish you could bottle the exact scent because it smells better than any lavender perfume or bath product I've ever had.

It attracts bees and butterflies in droves. Praying mantises also likes using them as homes, probably to ambush an unsuspecting butterfly.

We'll see how they do once this winter comes and goes.

Positive Gindee77 On Jul 9, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great fragrant herb to grow next to non-fragrant types of roses. It attracts bees and gives off a lovely scent when you brush by it.

Neutral saya On Mar 21, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Lavandula has been grown by Gertrude Jekyll in her garden in Munstead. Probably the 'true' Munstead does 'nt exist anymore, it has many clones.

Positive hanna1 On Oct 19, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

So aromatic, pretty with yarrow or sedums. can be used as a low hedge. Dried flowers and leaves used in potpouri, sachets and everlasting arrangements. Requires excellent drainage.

Neutral smiln32 On May 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is an early blooming lavender which begins to flower in late April or early May. It is fast growing.
Origin: Mediterranean

Regional...

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

Athens, Alabama
Amesti, California
Castro Valley, California
Elk Grove, California
Aurora, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Craig, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Englewood, Colorado
New Haven, Connecticut
Hampton, Illinois
Naperville, Illinois
Plainfield, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Davenport, Iowa
Monticello, Iowa
Olathe, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Ellicott City, Maryland
Brockton, Massachusetts
Grand Haven, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
La Crescent, Minnesota
Rogersville, Missouri
South Amboy, New Jersey
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Ithaca, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
West Islip, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Webster, South Dakota
Abilene, Texas
Austin, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Palmyra, Virginia
Freeland, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Spokane, Washington (2 reports)
Huntington, West Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin



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