Lavandula Species, Fern Leaf Lavender, Jagged Lavender

Lavandula pinnata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Species: pinnata (pin-NAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Lavandula multifida var. pinnata
Synonym:Lavandula pinnata f. incarnata
Synonym:Lavandula pinnatifida




Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage




Foliage Color:



24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


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Bloom Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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 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:

Scottsdale, Arizona

Alhambra, California

Cameron Park, California

Canoga Park, California

Castro Valley, California

Menifee, California

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Shingle Springs, California

Deland, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Upton, Massachusetts

Cleveland, Missouri

Henderson, Nevada

Brenham, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Killeen, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 9, 2020, maycat from Sacramento, CA wrote:

Due to the summer heat, Lavandula Pinnata (aka. Jagged, Laceleaf, Fernleaf) is the only species of lavender that can survive in my Northern California area. It's great for pest control too! Plant it outside under windows and near doors and you'll have 0-little flies and mosquitos ;)

Question: Does anyone know if this species of lavender is English, Spanish or French? It's fragrant so I thought it might be English, but I cannot get any other English Lavender to survive in my area so now I'm wondering if it's a French Lavender.


On Mar 29, 2019, susu_fl from Fort Walton Beach, FL wrote:

The only lavender I've managed to keep alive and thriving. Beautiful, prolific bloomer and scent isn't overwhelming. Grows well in a pot in N Florida as long as doesn't stay too wet and I cover for temps below 30. I bought 2 and too much rain killed one. The other declined, but came right back after I moved it.


On Aug 23, 2014, Xindy from Milwaukee, WI wrote:

I have this growing INSIDE (in a pot) in my Kitchen in Wisconsin...
It is flourishing..! I just found this site to find out how to TRIM it..!
It SMELLS wonderful just after watering...


On Feb 15, 2010, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have mine growing in a pot. When we get a ton of rain it will look a bit unhappy, but bounces back quickly. One thing that has really impressed me was how it has handled the cold. First two weeks of Jan 2010 we had record repeated freezes. Like freeze your pipes freezes ! I had this still in the pot, sitting right up against the Southeast side of the house. No cover over it. It froze back, but new shoots are emerging.
Now....if someone could just tell me how to collect the seeds !


On Jul 1, 2009, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

so far, so good here in central florida where we have had 18 + inches of rain in one week a month or so ago. i thought the soggy conditions would kill them. i have two in ground and two in pots. all four have thrived in the heat and humidity. they are in my rose garden, so are getting watered probably more than they would prefer, but no complaints from them yet.

i planted them in mid spring so they haven't gone through a winter yet here. i don't anticipate any problems. they were blooming when i purchased them and have not stopped. the foliage has a wonderful aroma. the two in ground have gotten really wide and as usual, i have probably planted them too close together and in a 'not very convenient' spot, but so be it. they are way too nice to gripe about! lol
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On Jun 24, 2009, FLLPam from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

Love this plant! I had three plants a few years back growing around my front entrance where they got hours of western sun, and they were as happy as can be. Note of warning - when they are happy they will spread out and crowd the area - so I would suggest spacing them accordingly. My African Iris plants were being elbowed and bullied by them. :-)

It's just a beautiful plant and required little maintenance (my kinda combination!). I'm looking to add them back to the entrance of the house in an area I hope will provide them just enough sun.

As one poster put it, they don't put out a strong lavender smell, but where they lack in aroma they make up with voluminous purple flowers.


On May 11, 2009, Grey_Sterling from Menifee, CA wrote:

I love the look of this particular lavender over others I have seen. I purchased a mature plant in early March, and a late frost killed some of the foliage. I pruned it off and it has doubled in size in the past month and a half.

I didn't realize it would attract hummingbirds, but there is at least one male that guards our flower bed and visits it daily. :)


On Jan 26, 2009, tsully from Cleveland, MO wrote:

This lavender grows fast and large - 3'+ in one season. The long flower wands are dramatic in a pot or the garden. Needs clipping to maintain a tidy look (or not if you like the wild look). Not hardy here in zone 6, but it does well in a pot indoors by a bright window - keep dry & well drained. This is the only lavender I know of that blooms non-stop 12 months of the year unless it is cut or frozen.


On Dec 2, 2008, Barb44 from Killeen, TX wrote:

I have this plant growing in Zone 8b. It is beautiful and very large. I do have it on a drip system with other plants but it is growing well in Killeen, Texas.


On Apr 16, 2008, shanicole from Carencro, LA wrote:

Grows beautifully in this climate. Smells and looks wonderfully!


On Apr 7, 2008, RichNV from Henderson, NV wrote:

Perfect plant for the desert garden. It grows fast and the pitchfork dark blue flowers really stand out. For foliage and flower color this is my favorite lavender, however not much of a scent compared to other lavenders.


On Jun 8, 2006, darsax from Shingle Springs, CA wrote:

I love the look and fragrance of the jagged lavender, but I put one plant in heavy clay-like soil and the water collected around the roots and it died.
Will absolutely not tolerate heavy soil and/or over watering...I lost a plant to find this out. Should have looked at DG BEFORE I planted it! Live and learn!


On Apr 12, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Blooms late spring through summer. Hardy to 20F, Fertilize in early spring, before growth begins, prune lightly after bloom.
Fern-like creamy sage-gray foliage. Finely toothed like a comb. Loose, upright growth. small, delicate, pale pruple bloom on spike 2'-4'. Dainty looking, nice scent.


On Aug 26, 2002, Baa wrote:

A small, evergreen shrub from the Canary Islands.

Has greyish, hairy, finely divided, scented leaves. Bears heads of tiny, bluish-violet flowers.

Flowers July-September

Loves a well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. It's not fully winter hardy so may need to be brought indoors or be propagated if you wish to continue to grow it.