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Lavandula stoechas Little Bee Deep Purple

Lavandula stoechas Little Bee Deep Purple

Description: A new dwarf introduction of the prolific flowering French lavender. A compact and upright plant with evergreen silver fragrant leaves and masses of short spikes of deep purple flowers each with beautiful 'bee like' wings. The highly scented flowers attract bees and butterflies are produced earlier than many lavender from late spring until late summer.

Uses: Ideal for the smaller garden, front of borders, patios and containers as well as herb gardens and wildlife areas.

Climate/Position: Partial shade to full sun preferred.

Height/Spread: 40cm x 40cm.

Soil Requirements: Free draining soil - avoid wet conditions.

Pruning: Always trim after flowering to keep compact tidy growth and avoid the plant getting leggy.

Special Requirements: Not a long lived plant so will need replacing after up to 10 years.

Additional Interest: 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.

This modern variety was bred at the Florensis Quedlinburg nursery in Quedlinburg, Germany as part of the Little Bee Series and introduced in 2006.