Lavandula, Hybrid Lavender 'Goodwin Creek Grey'


Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavandula (lav-AN-dew-lah) (Info)
Cultivar: Goodwin Creek Grey
Synonym:Lavandula x ginginsii
Synonym:Lavandula lanata x dentata


Alpines and Rock Gardens



Foliage 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

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


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

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

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Phoenix, Arizona

Cerritos, California

Hercules, California

La Mesa, California

Lake Nacimiento, California

Merced, California

Mission Viejo, California

Oceanside, California

Palm Springs, California

Sacramento, California

Temecula, California

Deerfield Beach, Florida

Hebron, Kentucky

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Raleigh, North Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Magnolia, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Clinton, Washington

Yelm, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 1, 2016, kz59 from Hercules, CA wrote:

I have 20 of these, about 4 years old, mostly used as a hedge. Love them! Attracts bees and bumblebees, practically indestructible (lost one but N. CA has been going through a drought these last 4 years, and I planted in spring so that could be an issue). All of the ones planted in fall have survived very well, though i do not water regularly and soil is hard clay. Not as aromatic as other varieties, but they are very pretty when dried.


On Sep 18, 2014, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've been touting this as the best lavender to keep here in the rainy, hot, humid Southeast. But after a long period of great growth and seemingly bulletproof performance, mine recently experienced sudden death, so I'm not sure anymore. I'd recommend putting it under a porch in summer so it doesn't get too much rain. I'd give it an unabashed positive rating for parts of the country (e.g. California) with fewer extremes in weather than here in Louisiana.


On Apr 23, 2013, Roycolli from Lexington, VA wrote:

This was one among many plants I ordered from Goodwin Creek Gardens. Since my area gets a freeze I have it in a container and it's doing great. I bring it indoors during the winter. Plant arrived beautifully from GCG and is growing nicely. Planning to order 4 more; 1 more for me and 3 as gifts. Love the scent, texture and fullness of the plant.


On Apr 13, 2013, garrlau from Indian Springs, NV wrote:

Lovely gray with deep purple flowers. I have 2 plants. One among rocks on the south side of the house. Does well through the hot, dry southwest desert summers. Seems to have at least a few flowers blooming all year. I've seem hummingbirds visit it on occasion. The second plant was damaged by a heavy freeze (25 degrees) last winter. But I was able to trim back the damaged portions and it is coming back beautifully.


On Apr 1, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

This is one of the few lavenders that comes back every year in Central Texas . It does not mind our awful humidity and oppressive heat . Most of the other lavenders I have tried suffer and look sad in our area . Also its silver foliage provides great contrast in a garden against green foliage . If you live in Central Texas or any area with the same climate this lavender is choice ! The only other lavender variety that comes close to this in our area is stoechas .


On Mar 19, 2011, pasogardener from Paso Robles, CA wrote:

I love this lavender! Have grown others with some success, but this one has looked wonderful from the day it was planted. Dense growing pattern keeps it neat looking. It has bloomed continually, except for a brief period during our coldest weather. Tolerates our frequent frost without missing a beat, as well as our hot Paso Robles summers.


On Jan 26, 2009, Marilynbeth wrote:

Grew it for one Summer until the frost killed it.


On Jul 31, 2006, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is an easy to grow variety that withstands heat well. The seeds are very easy to sprout. Supposedly a cross between L lanata and L denata. Will bloom all year around in mild climates.


On Jul 15, 2006, saya from Heerlen,
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Introduction in 1999 by Jim en Dotti Becker from the nursery Goodwin Creek Gardens in Oregon. Good scented. Looks like L. x allardii ..but much shorter, more grey and more easy to flower.


On Jan 14, 2006, maggiemoo from Conroe, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Goodwin Creek is a recommended lavender for the humid Gulf Coast area. I planted mine from 4" seedlings almost a year ago, and it has done very well. I didn't have many flowers last year, but it was also just getting established. It already has many buds on it now, so I expect a much better show this year. Even without flowering, the foliage is so pretty, and it seems to keep a nice, dense shape.