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Products > Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'
 
Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence' - Blue Lavandin
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [L. x intermedia 'du Provence']
Parentage: (L. angustifolia x latifolia)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence' (Blue Lavandin) - A robust selection of Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia), the hybrid between L. angustifolia and L. latifolia. This cultivar is one of the best we grow. It is a small to medium sized upright growing shrub to 3 to 4 feet tall by 3 to 5 feet wide (but easily kept smaller) with new growth green aging to gray and sweetly fragrant lavender-blue flowers on 18 to 24 inch spikes from summer into fall. This plant appreciates an open sunny location where it can grow well in poor alkaline soil. It quite drought tolerant and should only be irrigated occasionally over watered plants are floppy and weaker. It is hardy to below 15 degrees F. Can be long lived if pruned hard after flowering in late summer cut back deep into the leafy stems above the hard wood do not prune in late fall or winter. Some recommend replacing plants every 5 years or so but we have old lavender plants in our garden that are much older than this. Lavender are attractive to bees but not particularly to browsing animals deer tend to leave alone but rabbits sometimes nibble it. This lavender is great in the garden and useful for fresh sachets, dried for potpourri and the edible flowers for salads or cooking but is not considered to be a good variety for Lavandin oil production. Though named for the famous lavender growing region of France, this variety is thought to have originated in Canada in the 1950s with the first plant shipped into the US in 1965 coming from Alpenglow Gardens in British Columbia. We have grown this great plant since 1992 in our nursery in our nursery and also grow the other Lavandin cultivars Lavandula x intermedia 'Alba', Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' and Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal [Niko'] This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Lavandula intermedia 'Provence'.
 
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