Lavandula, English Lavender 'Munstead'

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)
Cultivar: Munstead
Synonym:Lavandula officinalis
Synonym:Lavandula spica
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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:



12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:


Medium Purple

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:

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 softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Athens, Alabama

Amesti, California

Castro Valley, California

Corralitos, California

Elk Grove, California

Elkhorn, California

Interlaken, California

Lemoore, California

Lemoore Station, California

Pajaro, California

Watsonville, California

Aurora, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Craig, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Englewood, Colorado

New Haven, Connecticut

Hampton, Illinois

Naperville, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Monticello, Iowa

Olathe, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Salvisa, Kentucky

Ellicott City, Maryland

Brockton, Massachusetts

Grand Haven, Michigan

Albertville, Minnesota

La Crescent, Minnesota

Rogersville, Missouri

South Amboy, New Jersey

Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Indian Lake, New York

Ithaca, New York

North Tonawanda, New York

West Islip, New York

Raleigh, North Carolina

Enid, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Webster, South Dakota

Abilene, Texas

Austin, Texas

Waxahachie, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Palmyra, Virginia

Freeland, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Spokane, Washington(2 reports)

Huntington, West Virginia

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 27, 2011, EvilPlot from Calgary , AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Germinated well (indoors, end of May, before last frost date) and promptly hardened off outside (container grown) once all danger of frost was over. Grows slowly initially (first month), but takes off in a hurry and branched out without needing any pruning. Flowered after only 2.5 months outside!

Definitely a keeper to have in the garden. Even my cats love to brush against it (and makes the cats smell better!). Don't overwater - lavenders don't like wet feet. Well draining soil mixed with perlite or sand seems to keep them really happy.

Will update on how it overwinters here in zone 3.


On Sep 11, 2011, flybynyte from Webster, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

i reside in ne/sd where winters are rather brutal. i have successfully grown this silver/gray foliage, woody plant for over 6 years now. in fact, i have a volunteer plant growing right beside it (3yrs?). sure, we have had plenty of snowcover, and most likely figures into the plants survival. such a calming experience to brush up against it. i hope to collect some seed and put them with a shrub rose that i just successfully air-layered.


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

I am crazy about lavenders, so I've tried to grow Munstead as a bush and started from seeds. As it happened with the French/Spanish lavender (L. Stoechas), both attempts failed in the same catastrophic way - browning of the leaves over a very short period of time.
A few mentions though, from my own experience:
-I started simultaneously Munstead and French. Munstead germinated later (in about 12-14 days) as compared with the French (7 days).
-for most of the life of the seedlings, they were more robust and developed more than the French type.
-French branched voluntarily, while Munstead I had to prune to favor branching
-Munstead died faster (mid-April), so It's more sensitive to the heat-humidity combination of South-Eastern Florida.


On Aug 25, 2006, bbinnj from West Orange, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the oldest lavender I grow, over 10 years and still going strong with neglect. I have it in part-shade, that's the amazing thing. If I deadhead, it blooms twice for me in a season. Love it.


On Jan 27, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Munstead' has grown very well for me; faster than the several other lavenders I have tried. I have read that it is best to prune after growth is established in spring, and in a dome shape. Stratification and light aid germination of seeds; they are slow to germinate.


On Aug 12, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A strange plant. I bought one a couple of years ago, it did pretty well but didn't survive the winter. We bought some new ones and they did pretty well but didn't really grow.

The second year they started spreading into a nice sized mound. Then they flowered and when they flower they flower for a looonnnngggg time. You wish you could bottle the exact scent because it smells better than any lavender perfume or bath product I've ever had.

It attracts bees and butterflies in droves. Praying mantises also likes using them as homes, probably to ambush an unsuspecting butterfly.

We'll see how they do once this winter comes and goes.


On Jul 9, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a great fragrant herb to grow next to non-fragrant types of roses. It attracts bees and gives off a lovely scent when you brush by it.


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

This Lavandula has been grown by Gertrude Jekyll in her garden in Munstead. Probably the 'true' Munstead does 'nt exist anymore, it has many clones.


On Oct 19, 2004, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

So aromatic, pretty with yarrow or sedums. can be used as a low hedge. Dried flowers and leaves used in potpouri, sachets and everlasting arrangements. Requires excellent drainage.


On May 9, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is an early blooming lavender which begins to flower in late April or early May. It is fast growing.
Origin: Mediterranean