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PlantFiles: Lavender
Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Cultivar: Goodwin Creek Grey

Synonym:Lavandula x ginginsii
Synonym:Lavandula lanata x dentata

6 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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8 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Fires_in_motion On Sep 18, 2014, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've been touting this as the best lavender to keep here in the rainy, hot, humid Southeast. But after a long period of great growth and seemingly bulletproof performance, mine recently experienced sudden death, so I'm not sure anymore. I'd recommend putting it under a porch in summer so it doesn't get too much rain. I'd give it an unabashed positive rating for parts of the country (e.g. California) with fewer extremes in weather than here in Louisiana.

Positive Roycolli On Apr 23, 2013, Roycolli from Lexington, VA wrote:

This was one among many plants I ordered from Goodwin Creek Gardens. Since my area gets a freeze I have it in a container and it's doing great. I bring it indoors during the winter. Plant arrived beautifully from GCG and is growing nicely. Planning to order 4 more; 1 more for me and 3 as gifts. Love the scent, texture and fullness of the plant.

Positive garrlau On Apr 13, 2013, garrlau from Indian Springs, NV wrote:

Lovely gray with deep purple flowers. I have 2 plants. One among rocks on the south side of the house. Does well through the hot, dry southwest desert summers. Seems to have at least a few flowers blooming all year. I've seem hummingbirds visit it on occasion. The second plant was damaged by a heavy freeze (25 degrees) last winter. But I was able to trim back the damaged portions and it is coming back beautifully.

Positive Sandwichkatexan On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

This is one of the few lavenders that comes back every year in Central Texas . It does not mind our awful humidity and oppressive heat . Most of the other lavenders I have tried suffer and look sad in our area . Also its silver foliage provides great contrast in a garden against green foliage . If you live in Central Texas or any area with the same climate this lavender is choice ! The only other lavender variety that comes close to this in our area is stoechas .

Positive pasogardener On Mar 19, 2011, pasogardener from Paso Robles, CA wrote:

I love this lavender! Have grown others with some success, but this one has looked wonderful from the day it was planted. Dense growing pattern keeps it neat looking. It has bloomed continually, except for a brief period during our coldest weather. Tolerates our frequent frost without missing a beat, as well as our hot Paso Robles summers.

Positive Marilynbeth On Jan 26, 2009, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Grew it for one Summer until the frost killed it.

Positive ladyannne On Jul 31, 2006, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is an easy to grow variety that withstands heat well. The seeds are very easy to sprout. Supposedly a cross between L lanata and L denata. Will bloom all year around in mild climates.

Positive saya On Jul 15, 2006, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Introduction in 1999 by Jim en Dotti Becker from the nursery Goodwin Creek Gardens in Oregon. Good scented. Looks like L. x allardii ..but much shorter, more grey and more easy to flower.

Positive maggiemoo On Jan 14, 2006, maggiemoo from Conroe, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Goodwin Creek is a recommended lavender for the humid Gulf Coast area. I planted mine from 4" seedlings almost a year ago, and it has done very well. I didn't have many flowers last year, but it was also just getting established. It already has many buds on it now, so I expect a much better show this year. Even without flowering, the foliage is so pretty, and it seems to keep a nice, dense shape.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Cerritos, California
La Mesa, California
Lake Nacimiento, California
Merced, California
Mission Viejo, California
Oceanside, California
Palm Springs, California
Sacramento, California
Temecula, California
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Hebron, Kentucky
North Las Vegas, Nevada
Raleigh, North Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Tomball, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Clinton, Washington
Yelm, Washington

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