Spanish Lavender, Butterfly Lavender, French Long Lavender
Lavandula stoechas subsp. pedunculata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Species: stoechas subsp. pedunculata
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Category:

Herbs

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Aromatic

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

This plant is resistant to deer

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Provides winter interest

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Gilbert, Arizona

Berkeley, California

Ontario, California

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Colleyville, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Rice, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Freeland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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2
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Positive

On Sep 11, 2013, mehitabel45 from Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This does so well for me, I'm astounded. Grows to 3' in 2 years, and needs pruning back each spring.
It's different from the English lavenders in that it's hardier in the winter, and the flowers are not really good for drying or eating. Love those little wingy-thingy flower bracts. Beautiful color, and still puts out flowers in the fall, though not as much as earlier in the season.
Roots very easily for propagation. You could line your entire driveway in 3 years.

Neutral

On May 7, 2009, LEGN from Dallas, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Looks great when it's in bloom, but kind of rangy when not.

Neutral

On May 4, 2009, jessicab77 from Austin, TX wrote:

I have not had much success with this plant. I bought 2 and they were beautiful and then after a week or so the foliage started losing it's vibrant green color (more a pale green now) and the flowers are not a vibrant color anymore either. I tried amending the soil but that didnt work either. I have also seen these planted at local nurseries and they looked the same as mine. Any suggestions for planting these in Austin?

Positive

On Oct 16, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

Spanish lavender is upright growing, with long narrow grey-green leaves. The sterile bracts that top the flower spikes are long and thin. They flutter in the breeze. A very attractive frost hardy (to -5C or a little lower) lavender, native to Spain and Portugal.