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Products > Lavandula x intermedia 'Alba'
Lavandula x intermedia 'Alba' - White Lavandin

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [L. spica 'Alba', 'Dutch White'. 'Large White']
Parentage: (L. angustifolia x latifolia)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Lavandula x intermedia 'Alba' (White Lavandin) - This hybrid (L. angustifolia x L. latifolia) has narrow gray-green leaves and grows 3 to 4 feet tall and wide but can easily be kept lower. In early summer appear the nearly 2 foot long peduncles topped with 2 to 3 inch long spikes of fragrant flowers that have white petals and gray-green sepals in green bracts with a tinge of purple to brown. 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 Lavandula x intermedia cultivars 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. This is the best white lavender that we have grown over the years. We first purchased this plant from Heritage Garden Growers nursery in Menlo Park and have grown it since 1996 and also grow the other Lavandin cultivars Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso', L. x intermedia 'Provence' and L. x intermedia Phenomenal [Niko'] The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing  Lavandula x intermedia 'Alba'.