Lavandula, Lavender Species, English Lavender, True Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Species: angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Lavandula delphinensis
Synonym:Lavandula fragrans
Synonym:Lavandula officinalis
Synonym:Lavandula spica
Synonym:Lavandula vulgaris
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




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 softwood cuttings

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 has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prescott Valley, Arizona

Amesti, California (2 reports)

Antelope, California

Brentwood, California

Elk Grove, California

Jacumba, California

Joshua Tree, California

Menifee, California (2 reports)

Merced, California

Oakdale, California

San Marino, California

Broomfield, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado

New Haven, Connecticut

Lewes, Delaware

Atlantic Beach, Florida

Bradley, Florida

Holiday, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Hinesville, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Buhl, Idaho

Post Falls, Idaho

Athens, Illinois

Champaign, Illinois

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Iowa City, Iowa

Louisville, Kentucky

Bowie, Maryland

Brookeville, Maryland

Riverdale, Maryland

Beverly, Massachusetts

Billerica, Massachusetts

Fall River, Massachusetts

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Mashpee, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Burton, Michigan

Lake City, Michigan

Madison Heights, Michigan

Ely, Minnesota

Omaha, Nebraska

Sparks, Nevada

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Oswego, New York

Ronkonkoma, New York

Bessemer City, North Carolina

Brevard, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Medina, Ohio

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania

Lansdowne, Pennsylvania

Cranston, Rhode Island

North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Summerville, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Thompsons Station, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Allen, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Hereford, Texas

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Vernon, Texas

Waxahachie, Texas

Ogden, Utah

South Jordan, Utah

Tremonton, Utah

Reston, Virginia

Concrete, Washington

Kirkland, Washington

Langley, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Renton, Washington

Falling Waters, West Virginia

Morgantown, West Virginia

Oconto, Wisconsin

Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Kinnear, Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

Pavillion, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2010, KandAGardens from Bowie, MD wrote:

Does not like too much moisture--the initial planting by the landscaper stayed too wet and it died. Bought 4 more and planted in drier area along our garden path and it is thriving for the 3rd year now. It has self seeded to produce more wonderful-smelling plants along the pathway. The smell is incredible and makes great dried flowers. Blooms all summer here.


On Sep 2, 2009, PedricksCorner from Freedom, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

My English Lavender grows like crazy every year. Ten years ago it was just a little four inch potted herb. It is now five feet across and I have had to prune it severly several times in the last ten years. Although lavender is a drought tolerant plant, mine gets fertilized as often as the rest of the garden and when it is blooming, I keep it watered. So mine gets a far denser mass of blooms than it would otherwise. After I cut all of the first bloom off, I continue to keep it watered and fed while the weather is still warm because it will continue to put out new flower spikes. Never as much as the first time of the year, but the bees certainly appreciate it's continued offerings.


On Apr 14, 2009, purplesun from Krapets,
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one of my favourite plants. It is quick growing, fragrant, beautiful, and attracts bees.
I grow it both in Krapets, Bulgaria (zone 7b) on the Black Sea coast, and in a container in Sofia, Bulgaria (zone 6b) at 2300 feet AMSL. It is excellent in both acid and alkaline soils, although it is most at home in alkaline soils.
Ever since I started growing English Lavender, I have tried to plant as many plants as my garden would contain. I even planted six of them around a Hardy Japanese Orange and think the combination of the hanging yellow citrus fruit and the upright spikes of English Lavender will look fantastic.
And, as an additional asset, the flower spikes can be harvested and put into cloth bags in your wardrobe to act as an excellent moth repellent.


On Apr 13, 2009, zone3gardener from Ely, MN wrote:

I am in northern MN and have had great success with my lavender. My trick is to border my plants with rocks twice the size of my fist. The rocks store heat and keep my plants happy in the evening.


On Apr 30, 2007, doodah from Menifee, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Can anyone identify this plant - It is labeled Lavender in the nurseries in California, but it doesn't look like English Lavender pictured here. My plant has narrow spikey leaves and has only one tiny purple flower at the end of the stems. It does smell like lavender - if my dog rubs against it looking for her ball, she smells great!

For the record - I've had this plan for 4-5 years and it is very healthy. My temperature ranges from 20 degrees or below in the winter, 100 or higher in the summer (sigh).


On Oct 20, 2006, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have this in a clay pot in a location that gets morning and mid-day sun (z8). Was a slow starter but has really come on in size this summer (it's 2nd). Very full. Only bloomed modestly but I'm hopeful for next year. Over wintered just fine outdoors in the pot with some mulch. Very, very little water required.


On Jul 19, 2006, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant wintersowed nicely and grows well in my full sun beds.


On Jun 16, 2006, Pashta from Moncks Corner, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have 5 small plants in my front yard by my house which receive full sun all day long. They seem to be doing very well, growing at a modest rate. I am concerned that they might get too much water because we get alot of rain, but the drainage is good, so I will just have to keep my eye on them.


On Oct 11, 2005, bartosland from Allen, TX wrote:

This is my first year to grow this. I have it in a pot on my back porch. I had a few flowers in early summer, but that was it. It has spread to fill the pot though, and I still love to smell the leaves. I am planning to bring the pot indoors this winter and hope it will do better next spring and summer.


On Apr 27, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

In Nevada, lavender requires additional water. I learned the hard way. It still needs good drainage, but it needs lawn-quantity water here, too.


On Apr 27, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

These will not thrive for me. They live a couple years and then they die.


On Apr 2, 2005, janders from Rockwall, TX wrote:

Haven't had much success with this two year old plant. Very finicky watering needs, do not overwater. Foliage has not died back, but has not grown much bigger since I got it. Finally got a few flowers out of it last summer, hopefully it will do more this year. May not be very suitable for North TX, have had more success with the Spanish variety. UPDATE: Finally got a LOT of flowers out of it this year. My plant is 3 yrs old. Took a while to get established but it is very dainty and pretty now. Patience paid off!!


On Aug 28, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra,
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great scent in the foliage and flowers. Pest and disease resistant. Beautiful flowers. Very drought tolerant. This plant is available in punnets. pokerboy.


On May 18, 2004, eberney from Knoxville, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have 3 types of Lavender in my garden. Of the three, this is the most beautiful. It drapes wonderfully over my raised bed. Its smell is lovely. It needs little care, though does best when harvested after flowering. Flowers more than once a season if deadheaded. Needs watering only in drought. Great plant!


On Aug 18, 2003, granola50 wrote:

Lavender should be pruned back slightly after flowering. English Lavender should be pruned back each spring to about 8" to keep it in nice form. Mine have never attracted white fly.


On Jun 9, 2003, MichaelE wrote:

I live in Northern VA and this plant does GREAT outdoors in a mostly sunny spot. This is the second year we have had the plant (actually 4 of them) and they have great curb appeal, smell terrific and do attract bees. Does anyone know if there are guidelines for pruning these shrubs, such as best time of year, where to cut on the plant, etc? They have grown significantly in just the 2 years and we may need to prune or relocate some of the plants. Thanks


On Mar 30, 2003, ximena wrote:

I bought three of these plants, but they brought a tiny white fly to my garden. I do not know how to get rid of this plague in a natural form.


On Jan 26, 2003, aileen wrote:

I grow English Lavender, Munstead, and Hidcote Blue. I propogate all by layering. In fact, when planting a new bed, I layer each plant at the very beginning, particularly the Hidcote Blue. I hold each one down with a very large hairclip that keeps the stem in contact with the soil. In this fashion, tiny plants started from seed will go further, as well as purchased plants. They do amazingly well with layering.

I also use layering to replant the middle section of a field which has a tendency to die off. I pull out the middle section and then re-lay towards centre the outside plants. They happily and quickly fill in the missing centre.


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

This lavender is one of the best for general-purposes. It tastes wonderful in cookies and jelly.


On Aug 8, 2002, haighr from Laurel, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love to cut this and hang upside down and use to make floral swags. Also use a lot wrapped with pine cones dipped in wax as wonderful hearth accents to later be used as fire starters.