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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
common lavender English lavender
Lavandula officinalis Lavandula spica nom. rejic.
Lavandula vera DC.
Lavandula are small aromatic evergreen shrubs with usually narrow, simple, entire, toothed or lobed leaves and small tubular flowers in dense spikes in summer
L. angustifolia is a compact, bushy shrub to 1m tall and rather more wide, with narrow, aromatic, grey-green leaves. In mid- and late summer it produces long, unbranched stalks carrying short, dense spikes of fragrant, pale to deep purple flowers
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect East-facing or West-facing or South-facing
SoilSand, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Prefers a well-drained neutral to alkaline soil but tolerates acidic conditions. In heavy soil improve drainage as it does not tolerate waterlogging. Potash will encourage flowering but high nitrogen fertilisers and manure will result in "floppy" plants. See lavender cultivation
Propagate by seed sown in a cold frame in spring, or by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
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City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Pruning group 10, after flowering
Pests Cuckoo spit (froghoppers) and rosemary beetle may be a problem
Grey moulds may be a problem
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