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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 Gray Hairstreak, 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 blue flowers add wonderful flavors when added to a brewing recipe, or chocolate tarts. Other edible varieties include Lavendin Fred Boutin, and Lavendin Grosso

Lavandula intermedia provence, blue lavendin

Blue flowers and grey foliage of Lavandula intermedia Provence - Blue Lavandin. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Other plants from the Lavandula Genus featured on this site:
Lavandula allardii Meerlo
Lavandula dentata
Lavandula dentata candicans
Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey
Lavandula heterophylla
Lavandula intermedia Fred Boutin
Lavandula intermedia Grosso
Lavandula multifida
Lavandula pinnata buchii
Lavandula stoechas Atlas
Lavandula stoechas Coco Blue White
Lavandula stoechas Madrid Purple
Lavandula stoechas Otto Quast
Lavandula stoechas Silver Anouk