• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Lavandula pedunculata subsp. pedunculata

French lavender

  • Other common names French lavender

  • Synonyms Lavandula stoechas 'Butterfly'
    Lavandula stoechas 'Papillon'

    Lavandula 'Butterfly'

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  • 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

  • Family Lamiaceae / Lamiaceae

  • Details L. pedunculata subsp. pedunculata is a bushy evergreen shrub with narrow, grey-green leaves, and small violet flowers in long-stalked, dense ovoid heads tipped with large purple bracts

  • Plant range Iberian peninsula


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower



  • Full Sun

  • Aspect East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny position

Propagation Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Garden Edging Drought Resistant City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden Wildlife Gardens Coastal

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 10

Pests Can get rosemary leaf beetle and cuckoo spit (froghoppers)

Diseases Grey mould may be a problem

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