Lavandula intermedia Provence - Blue Lavandin Lavender
Lavandula intermedia Provence becomes a 2-3 foot diameter shrub. The flower stalks stand a foot to 18 inches above the foliage. Lavandula Provence, like many of the lavenders is a short lived woody shrub. I expect 3 or 4 years out of the Blue Lavandin before the middle of the shrub starts to die back. Regular trimming can forstall thier demise. In the meantime they are a wonderfully fragrant component of the herb or Mediterranean garden. Lavandula Provence will be damaged when the winters dip into the low 20's or teens. Blue Lavandin requires reasonable drainage and prefer full sun. Lavandula Provence attracts a variety of butterflies to the garden including Hairstreaks, Fiery Skipper, Mournful Duskywing, Sara Orangetip, and the California Dogface Butterfly. I find that Lavandula Provence looks pretty scrappy unless the flower stalks are periodically removed. This is not as bad a chore as it might seem though if you plant a lot of them it can take a bit of time. The flowers dry nicely, and I often use them in dried arrangements. And the flowers add wonderful flavors when added to a brewing recipe, or chocolate tarts.
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