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Lavandula canariensis (Lavender)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Herb, Alpine, Culinary, Evergreen, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Light blue Flowers (Summer), Dark green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Half hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Lavandula canariensis Description

Lavandula canariensis is quite different to other European Lavenders having evolved in the sub tropical Canary islands. The more compact form and attractive fine cut foliage are complimented with light mauve blue flower spikes throughout the summer. Plant in a pot and consider putting under cold glass in winter or plant is well drained sunny sheltered spot to maximise the chance of winter survival.

Lavandula canariensis - Cultivation Notes

This low growing lavender requires a well drained fertile garden soil, being especially suited to chalky soils. Plant in full sun in sheltered areas - preferably south facing and be prepared to provide protection in cold spells as this variety is not as hardy as other lavender. Trim flower shoots after flowering, prune last years growth to shape in spring.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Lavandula canariensis:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Scented blossom
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Lavandula canariensis:

  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Low growing alpine plant flourishing in a dry sunny location
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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View other alpines with light blue flowers, or alpines with dark green foliage

Common Missspellings: Lavandulla, Lavendula, Lavindula, Lavendulla

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