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LAVANDULA pinnata

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Forest & Kim Starr

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

LAVANDULA pinnata

Plant Common Name

Lavender

General Description

This tender bedding lavender is best planted as an annual as it will tolerate only limited frost. Sometimes called fernleaf lavender, Lavandula pinnata is native to the Canary Islands and Madeira where conditions are arid and temperatures mild. This beautiful ornamental is technically a subshrub, which means it behaves like a perennial but develops woody stems over time. Its super showy leaves are large, ferny and silvery gray-green. In fact, it rivals dusty miller has a silvery foliage plant.

Appealing lavender flowers cover the plant throughout the growing season. The rich violet-blue blooms are borne in branched clusters held atop tall stems that are fine and airy. These become animated in the slightest breeze giving the plants a casual, carefree feel. Once spent, they should be removed to keep the plants looking tidy.

Growing success depends on light levels and soil drainage; full sun and sharply drained soil are essential. Moist winter weather is especially detrimental and can lead to root and stem rot and eventually plant death. Its stems become quite woody and coarse looking over time. Plants of this age and constitution should be pruned back quite severely in spring. This will encourage new flushes of foliage, which will keep plants looking young and fresh.

The delicate flowers of fernleaf lavender are so fine, they can become lost in the landscape and are best planted among darker plants that will provide contrast. It is often planted in spring as filler between other stronger colored ornamentals. Plant it in any sunny garden where its cool, airy hues and fragrance can be appreciated.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Canary Islands

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Silver, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes