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LAVANDULA stoechas 'Sugarberry Ruffles'

Image of Lavandula stoechas 'Sugarberry Ruffles' (RUFFLES SERIES) PP18243

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Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

LAVANDULA stoechas 'Sugarberry Ruffles'( RUFFLES SERIES) PP18243

Plant Common Name

French Lavender, Spanish Lavender

General Description

The tough yet beautiful 'Sugarberry Ruffles' has a compact rounded habit and offers lots of ruffled, medium pink and purple flowers in the heat of summer. It is highly fragrant and blooms over a long period of time. This highly drought resistant French Lavender was bred in Melbourne, Australia by Steven Eggleton and is perfect for container culture and hot sunny borders.

Fine, fragrant leaves of silvery gray-green cover this lavender all year around. Under drier growing conditions the leaves become more linear and needle-like. In late spring and midsummer the bushy, well-branched plants produce many slender, upright stems topped with oval spikes of densely clustered purple flowers topped with showy, ruffled plumes of pink bracts. The flowers are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Remove the spent blooms to keep plants looking clean and to encourage a later flush of flowers in the fall.

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mediterranean

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Sea Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Sea Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sea Green, Gray Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Silver

  • Bark Color

    Gray Green, Sandy Brown

  • 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, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No