The Main Plant entry for Lavenders (Lavandula)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Lavenders.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Uses: Culinary Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: can cause allergic reactions
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Plant lavender seeds beginning in summer and through the fall months. Slow to germinate, lavender seeds require patience. It will take about eight weeks for the seeds to develop enough to transplant to their final location.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Cut tender shoots that are around 2-4 in long with around 3-5 nodes. Avoid woody stems. Cut just below the last node.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Common names
  • Lavender

Photo Gallery
Location: central Iowa 
Date: 2021-09-18 
Silver spotted skipper on lavender
Location: Albuquerque, NM Zone 7b
Date: 1.03.2018
Soft grey-green leaves look braided
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2015-01-08
Location: Aberdeen, NC (my garden 2022)
Date: May 2, 2022
Lavender #32 nn, LHB p. 859, 176-5, "Greek 'lavos', to wash refer
Location: My garden
Date: 2121
Spanish Lavender
Uploaded by Fieldsof_flowers
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Albuquerque, NM Zone 7b
Date: 11.03.2018
Blooming in zone 7b in November
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Location: Philadelphia 
Date: 2023-07-28

Date: 2022-03-19
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Cordoba, Argentina

Date: 2022-03-14
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: April 17, 2022
Lavender #32 nn; LHB p. 859, 176-5, "Greek 'lavos', to wash refer
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)

Location: Bleu Lavande in Stanstead, Québec
Date: 2014-07-2
Location: Bleu Lavande in Stanstead, Québec
Date: 2014-07-2
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2006-06-17

Photo courtesy of Fir0002/Flagstaffotos, Wikimedia Commons
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-07-31
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2013-07-02

Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2013-07-02
Location: Fairfax, VA | September 2022
Date: 2022-09-10
Location: Bleu Lavande in Stanstead, Québec 
Date: 2014-07-2
Not at its peak, but still pretty …
Location: Quad Cities Botanical Gardens in Rock Island, Il,
Date: 2008-07-05
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2006-06-24
Location: Ellis pottery
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  • Posted by dnrevel (Michigan - Zone 6a) on Feb 2, 2023 4:10 PM concerning plant:
    I've had good success amending the soil with gravel (grit, if I can find it) and sand. It really helps. NO fertilizer, to reflect lavender's ability to grow well in the dry, poor soils of its native Mediterranean climate. There can be loss of plants after a severe winter or a damp, humid summer.

    SIZE: Mature Size 2–3 ft. tall, 2–4 ft. wide Hardy Lavender can double in size each year for first 3 years. It continues growing, then at a slower pace until age five. They are considered full-grown after three years. NOTE Toxicity: Lavender can be toxic to pets like dogs and cats.

    Sun Exposure Full sun
    Soil Type Dry, well-draining

    Lifespan: Tends to max out at five years, but could grow on for several more years with the right conditions.
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Feb 1, 2012 2:03 PM concerning plant:
    Lavender is a medicinal plant. Its aroma is not only soothing, but its flowers contain tannin which is its main medicinal property. Lavender flowers have an antiseptic and calming activity; they also produce nerve stimulating effects. They are used in cases of digestive disorder, in hypertension, cardiac affections, headaches, insomnia, melancholia, dizziness or bronchial asthma. All of this can be accomplished by making a tea of the blooms either fresh or dried. In addition, they are beautiful plants.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 8:26 PM concerning plant:
    "The most common form in cultivation is the common or English lavender Lavandula angustifolia (formerly named L. officinalis). A wide range of cultivars can be found. Other commonly grown ornamental species are L. stoechas, L. dentata, and L. multifida (Egyptian lavender).

    Lavenders flourish best in dry, well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils in full sun. All types need little or no fertilizer and good air circulation. In areas of high humidity, root rot due to fungus infection can be a problem. Organic mulches can trap moisture around the plants' bases, encouraging root rot. Gravelly materials such as crushed rocks give better results.

    Commercially the plant is grown mainly for the production of essential oil of lavender. This has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:
Plant Events from our members
thepurplebug On May 7, 2019 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Freezing temps killed everything.
thepurplebug On May 5, 2019 Miscellaneous Event
Moved to the back porch.
thepurplebug On April 7, 2019 Transplanted
Into 4-packs
thepurplebug On March 11, 2019 Seeds germinated
thepurplebug On March 4, 2019 Seeds sown
9 seeds sown indoors in the upstairs bathroom. No grow lights. 68-72 degrees.
dnrevel On January 22, 2023 Seeds sown
Planted in WS jug with other Delphinium, 1/2 and 1/2. Listed as "True Lavender" on Ferry Morse seed packet.
dnrevel From March 27, 2021 to March 26, 2021 Seeds sown
W / Spring sowed in a pot, will place in cold frame in a few days.
DT seed.
WebTucker On April 17, 2022 Bloomed
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