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French lavender

Lavandula stoechas

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Lavandula stoechas 'Sancho Panza'

This early-blooming compact shrub bears intriguing pine-cone-shaped flowers that have dark-purple bracts, or “rabbit ears.” Bloom appears from late spring to summer. The foliage is gray-green.

CareRequires good drainage; do not overwater. Grow at the base of a warm, sunny wall or in a container for overwintering. Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

PropagationSow seed in containers in a cold frame in spring. Layer or take semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsFusarium root rot and leaf spot.

  • Genus : Lavandula
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 8, 9
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Uses : Containers
  • Tolerance : Deer Tolerant
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Fragrant Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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