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Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas 'Provençal'
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French lavender 'Provençal'

a compact, bushy, evergreen shrub with linear, aromatic, grey-green leaves. From late spring to late summer, short, unbranched stalks bearing dense spikes of dark purple flowers are topped with conspicuous, light mauve-purple bracts.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Grey Silver
Summer Purple Green Grey Silver
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Lavandula are small aromatic evergreen shrubs with usually narrow, simple, entire, toothed or lobed leaves and small tubular flowers in dense spikes in summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold winds

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in early summer, may not come true from seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Hedging and screens
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

Pruning group 10, after flowering and in early spring

Pests

Leafhoppers, rosemary beetle and froghoppers may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by grey moulds and honey fungus

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