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Lavandula pedunculata subsp. pedunculata

Lavandula pedunculata subsp. pedunculata

Description:

A stunning lavender with a mass of pale mauve flowers carried on long stalks. Each flower head is topped with a tuft of darker purple petals (actually bracts) which emerge like butterfly wings and flutter in the breeze. The wonderful scented flowers spikes and aromatic grey-green leaves are also a great attraction for bees and other nectar-loving insects so suited to a wildlife garden. This is an early flowering variety which can prolong the season if planted with the later flowering English Lavenders. Ideal for group planting, use in mixed borders or for container planting. Ideal in hot dry conditions.

Climate/Position: Full sun

Height/Spread: 60-100cm x 60-100cm

Soil Requirements: Fertile well drained soil. Tolerant of dry conditions.

Pruning: Cut back the stalks after the flowers have faded to retain a tidy plant. Can also be trimmed carefully in April, taking care not to cut into old wood.

Special Requirements:

Lavender was cultivated in the mediterranean in the 16th century by herbalists. The silver leaves are often a sign of mediterranean origin and therefore suggest sunny site and free draining soil is required.