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Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey' - Goodwin Creek Lavender
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Violet
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (Lavandula dentata x L. lanata)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey' (Goodwin Creek Lavender) - A handsome long-lived and vigorous plant that forms a compact shrub to 2 to 3 feet tall by a bit wider. It has silvery-grey, toothed-edged leaves, similar to dentata, but larger and of a whiter gray color. The blooms are soft blue lavender in tight whorled spikes on short stems, appearing nearly year-round in mild climates - it is noted as one of the best for winter flowers and can even be grown in a well-lighted sunroom in colder climates.

Plant in full to part sun, requiring around 5 hours of sunlight to bloom well, in a moderately well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. It is hardy to 15 - 20F. This lavender is noted as being heat tolerant and reportedly handles the high humidity found in the southeastern US.

Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey' is the result of growing on a chance spontaneous seedling hybrid found in 1989 beneath a Lavandula dentata at Jim and Dotti Becker's Goodwin Creek Gardens in Williams, Oregon and named in 1991 after the creek running through the garden . Given the proximity to other lavenders in the garden, it is speculated to be a cross between Lavandula dentata and the wooly white foliaged species Lavandula lanata - this hybrid cross has been given the name Lavandula x ginginsii, named in honor of Baron Frederic Charles Jean Gingins de la Sarraz (1790-1863), who wrote an early monographic on Lavandula. Some nurseries list the name using the American spelling "Gray" but Goodwin Creek Nursery originally listed the plant using the more typically British spelling of "Grey". In the book "The Genus Lavendula" by Tim Upson and Susyn Andrews this plant is listed as Lavandula x ginginsii 'Goodwin Creek Grey'. We have sold this great lavender since 1995. 

This information about Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.

 
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