LAVANDULA stoechas 'Bee Happy'( BEE SERIES) PP12573
Plant Common Name
French Lavender, Spanish Lavender
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The compact and floriferous lavenders in the Bee™ Series have large flowers and are fast-growing. The blooms may be rose, purple, lavender or white, depending on the cultivar. These Australian introductions are colorful, drought resistant and perfect for container culture and hot sunny borders.
Fine, fragrant leaves of silvery gray-green cover the plants all year around. In drier weather the leaves become more linear and needle-like. In late spring and midsummer the bushy and well-branched plants produce many slender, upright stems topped with oval spikes of densely clustered flowers topped with showy plumes of colorful, upright bracts. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Remove the spent blooms to keep plants looking clean and encourage more flowers to appear.
French lavender is easy to grow if provided full sun and average to poor soil with excellent drainage. It is technically a subshrub, which means it behaves like a perennial but develops woody stems over time. Light pruning in spring or fall will allow a fresh flush of herbaceous growth to arise and keep plants looking attractive. This lavender has few pest or disease problems but can suffer from root or crown rot if planted in poorly drained soils or subjected to unusually wet winter weather.
The foliage and flowers of French lavender can be used in perfumes and potpourri, so it is ideal for cutting and herb gardens. Sunny containers and perennial borders are also ideal for this bee and butterfly magnet.
AHS Heat Zone
9 - 8
USDA Hardiness Zone
8 - 9
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
Sharp or Has Thorns