Lavandula Species, Dwarf French Lavender, Fringed Lavender

Lavandula dentata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Species: dentata (den-TAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Stoechas dentata
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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Huntsville, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Amesti, California

Boulder Creek, California(2 reports)

Canoga Park, California

Castro Valley, California

Clayton, California

Corralitos, California

Elkhorn, California

Fairfield, California

Interlaken, California

Irvine, California

Knights Landing, California

Merced, California

Mission Viejo, California

Oak Park, California

Pajaro, California

Perris, California

Pleasant Hill, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Watsonville, California

Fort Mc Coy, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Jessup, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Bastrop, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

Freeland, Washington

Huntington, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 23, 2016, PigsPlants from Fort Mc Coy, FL (Zone 7a) wrote:

It's now the only Lavender I grow at my nursery. It takes the heat of North Central Florida summers where most Lavender plants don't survive our summers.
Clones extremely easily treating it just like Rosemary cuttings.
I've found it doesn't care for wet feet, and often bring containers in from outside to the greenhouse if we have daily rain. But as the plant gets larger it transpires and dries the soil fast, but not so much when small in say a 3.5 in pot.


On Feb 18, 2008, daigu from San Anselmo, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows heartily and quickly in the limestone filled soil of the Edwards plateau. Drought hardy and deer proof, water sparingly in height of summer; full sun, although it will tolerate some shade and bloom less.


On May 18, 2004, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Does well as long as it is not planted in area where the roots will get very hot, like right behind a south-facing retaining wall. Fragrance is very nice.


On Mar 16, 2004, youreit from Knights Landing, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The foliage on this plant smells so loverly, the flowers could emit the scent of chocolate, and I wouldn't care! Though before I'd even planted the poor thing last mid-summer or so, I thought I'd killed it. It drooped, I watered. It drooped more, I stopped watering. I finally planted it [in part shade, no less] and left it in peace. It thrived throughout the winter. I've done just about everything wrong with this plant, but it's already sending up some purple shoots this year.


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

French Lavender is a very lovely plant, highly suited for growing in containers which can be overwintered. It blooms for 3 months for me in the summer.


On Jul 17, 2002, Baa wrote:

A small shrub from the Mediterranean.

Has dark to grey green, linear leaves with scalloped/square toothed leaf margins. Bears clusters of tiny, lightly scented, purple flowers with lighter purple bracts at the top of the flower head.

Flowers June-August

Loves a well drained, fertile soil in full sun. Not fully hardy it dislikes winter wet and can become quite drought tolerant once established.

After flowering prune off about 1 inch of the foliage to keep it neat and from becoming woody. Don't prune back hard or into old wood.