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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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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

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:
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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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mehitabel45 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 LEGN 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 jessicab77 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 philomel 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.


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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