Lavandula Species, Butterfly Lavender, French Lavender, Spanish Lavender

Lavandula stoechas

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Species: stoechas (STOW-kass) (Info)
Synonym:Stoechas officinarum
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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage




Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (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:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

New Market, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Amesti, California

Berkeley, California

Citrus Heights, California

Clayton, California

Cool, California

Corralitos, California

Elkhorn, California

Encinitas, California

Interlaken, California

Lemoore, California

Lemoore Station, California

Merced, California

NORTH FORK, California

Oak View, California

Pajaro, California

Palos Verdes Peninsula, California

Perris, California

Sacramento, California

San Dimas, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Ana, California

Santa Barbara, California

Tracy, California

Vista, California(18 reports)

Watsonville, California

Wildomar, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Fayetteville, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Lewiston, Idaho

Las Vegas, Nevada

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Roswell, New Mexico

Burlington, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

Southport, North Carolina

Harrah, Oklahoma

Ashland, Oregon

Gold Hill, Oregon

Hillsboro, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Knoxville, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Allen, Texas

Atlanta, Texas

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Boerne, Texas

Bryan, Texas(2 reports)

Dallas, Texas

Deer Park, Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas

Gloucester, Virginia

Bremerton, Washington

Freeland, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

White Center, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 15, 2019, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

A beautiful plant that can be very showy in landscapes. However, here in south Central Texas, it doesn't survive well at all. Tried 3 times to grow it. All of them died in less than 10 days. Throw in our salty water along with all the humidity, and you have a death sentence for the plant. Too bad. A great looking plant for the yard.


On Aug 25, 2013, mehitabel45 from Whidbey Island, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

A very vigorous grower for me: from a cutting to a 3'x3' bush in 2.5 years. Flowers for months, starting later than the English and French varieties. Heads are not great for saving. Stunning foliage, so silvery in color.


On Nov 11, 2008, pl4321 from Southport, NC wrote:

I want to know if this plant can be transplanted easily or if it does not like to be moved once it is established.


On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've had two attempts in growing the French/Spanish lavender (L. stoechas), once with a fully-grown plant, and once from seed. In my experience, It does not survive the humidity here in Miami. It is really sad to just watch a perfectly healthy bush die in less than two weeks. Its leaves browned suddenly, and it never recovered. The seedlings did a better job (maybe I have to include the "winter" factor, since the months of November through February are less humid) in surviving, however as soon as the humid months started (May) in their full force, same thing happened to the seedlings as well.


On Aug 10, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

We have had lavender growing in our yard for at least fifteen years now. These plants are very tolerant of frost and drought. The blossoms have a wondrous architectural style and the bees love them. Superb plant!


On May 31, 2006, ronaldg from Buckeye, AZ wrote:

I had planted spanish lavender back in February 2006 and it was doing very well and then all of a sudden it died, I don't know if I overwatered it we have our irrigation system running 3 times a day for about 15 minutes at a time since its very hot here in Arizona.


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

According to my nursery-lady, Linda Bastin, who grows an important collection of 125 different Lavendula, L. stoechas prefers acid soil. This in contrary to other Lavandula. Similar to all Lavandula they love a well drained sunny spot and are grown best in stony poor soil..their natural environment. In those poor conditions L. stoechas has a better chance to survive our winters (zone 8) where it is doubtfull hardy. Joan Head, who keeps an important Lavandula collection in England, has planted her most rare and most tender Lavandula on the ruins of old sheds and barns around her house for that reason. Linda told me that Lavandula stoechas 'Helmsdale', L. s. 'Marshwood', L. s. 'Willow Vale' en L. s. 'Avenue Bellevue' have shown more hardy to her and can withstand frosts and rain better. <... read more


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

Although generally known as French lavender, this plant is really native to Madeira, the Middle East, North Africa, from north-east Spain right along the Mediterranean to Turkey (this includes S France), Tenerife.

It is a compact lavender with stout purple flower heads topped by lavender-coloured sterile bracts.
It was possibly the first lavender to be used for oil, though it is little used for that purpose today.

A fine plant for the garden, hardy to about -5C, it has a long flowering period


On May 1, 2004, crazyplantman42 from Fayetteville, GA wrote:

After trying three different lavenders in my zone 7 garden this one has fared the best. It puts out a huge display of charming purple flowers in late March through May that bees absolutely love. It was my initial understanding that lavenders would not hold up to the intense humindity my climate offers but the mediterranean lavenders seem to thrive in it.


On Jun 1, 2003, lauburt from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Blooms remind me of little butterflies. Very drought tolerant. Not as strongly scented as most lavenders.


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

Also called 'Mickey Mouse Lavender' because of the large pink flowers atop the flower heads.