Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia
Common Name: English Lavender  
Plant photo of: Lavandula angustifolia
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Group plants in your garden according to their water needs (hydrozone).

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Perennial, Herb


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Blue Green, Grey Green, White


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season






Very Low, Low


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors

Attracts Bees

Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Cut Flowers, Hedge, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Modesto Jr. College
  • Description

  • Notes

English lavender is a dependably hardy, heat tolerant, drought resistant perennial, well suited to our arid, cold climate. Aromatic, green to grey-green foliage has a rich, resin scent, and grows in tight clumps 1 to 2 feet in height and width, depending on variety. Flowers form at the ends of stiff stems, in whorls of blue to lavender to purple, again, depending on variety. Flowers may add another 6 to 12 inches of height. Use in any sunny spot, such as perennial border, herb garden, parkstrip, lining a pathway.
Lavenders thrive in full sun and poor soils, though a little kindness will be rewarded with a bounty of flowers. Plant in well-drained soil. Cut back 1/3 to 1/2 size in spring when new growth begins to emerge. Does not like to be divided, though sometimes stems that touch the ground will root, and these can be snipped from the parent plant and transplanted. Deer resistant.