French lavender, scientific name Lavandula dentata, is a traditional garden plant all around the world. Not only are the flowers rewarding, the foliage is also valued for its uniqueness among lavenders.
French lavender is native to southern and eastern Spain as well as northern Africa. It is grown as a garden plant in warm climates, USDA zones 8 to 11, and as a potted plant in cool climates.
The unique aspect of French lavender is it's narrow lace-like grayish green leaves. The bushy plant grows 2 to 3 feet high and up to 3 feet wide or more.
The spike-like flowers are light purple and rarely pink or white. They are fragrant and will stay in bloom midsummer through fall, or year round in a greenhouse.
They like full sun to light shade with a sandy fast-draining soil and are drought resistant. In cool climates the plants can be potted and grown outdoors in the summer and taken indoors for the winter.
French lavender makes a nice garden border that will stay in bloom most of the growing season and provide a fragrant smell. The flowers can be used for dried arrangements and some people use them in cooking.
- Mountain Valley Growers
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Brian Albert has been in the publishing industry since 1999. He is an expert in horticulture, with a focus on aquatics and tropical plants like orchids. He has successfully run an aquatic plant business for the last five years. Albert's writing experience includes the Greater Portland Aquarium Society newsletter and politics coverage for a variety of online journals.