Lady Lavender and True Lavender - Knowledgebase Question

Burbank, CA
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Question by pbjue
March 27, 1998
I purchased Burpee's Perennial Lavender, Lady and Burpee's herb, True Lavender, thinking these were two different kinds of lavender. I just noticed that the botanical name is the same. What's the difference? Are the the same? Why are they packaged differently?

Answer from NGA
March 27, 1998
Lavender (Lavandula) comes in several varieties: L angustifolia is English Lavender, L dentata is French Lavender, L stoechas is Spanish Lavender, and L latifolia is Spike Lavender. Each of these hybrids has slightly different appearance and growth habits. Some are upright, some are sprawling, and sometimes the flowers are a slightly different hue. The plants you chose will look different; Lady Lavender is a dwarf 'English' variety that will grow only about 15 inches high, and flower the first year. True Lavender (L officinalis) is the most widely planted lavender and will grow 3-4 feet high and as wide. Its slower growing than the dwarf 'Lady Lavender'. You purchased two distinctly different plants. Hope this clears up the confusion.

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