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Products > Lavandula 'Multifida'
 
Lavandula 'Multifida' - California Lavender

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue Violet
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [L. multifida canariensis, Hort.]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lavandula 'Multifida' (California Lavender) - This is an open 3 foot tall evergreen shrub with gray-green leaves that are deeply lobed. Tall spikes of blue-violet flowers are produced in summer. All the lavenders appreciate full sun, good drainage and mild temperatures. They are relatively drought resistant and only require minimal watering to look their best. The name of this lavender has been a source of confusion for many years. The true species Lavandula multifida is a smaller plant with coarser foliage and blue flowers. Many nurseries call this plant Lavandula pinnata but we grow a true species of L. pinnata that is much different. After researching this issue and discussion with other Lavender growers it became clear that this plant is a hybrid and so we began calling this plant 'Multifida'. It is hardy down to about 15 degrees F. The flowers of this lavender are not recommended for human consumption.  The information on this page is based on our library and online research as well as observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Lavandula 'Multifida'.
 
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