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Fragrant spires of dark purple flowers above silvery foliage light up the garden border in summer. If trimmed after blooming, they will flower again. Their flowers may be used in sachets or as flavoring in baking and drinks.

Latin Name

Lavandula angustifolia



Also Known As

Common Lavender Garden Lavender True Lavender

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials
Herbs Herbs

Bloom Season

June - August


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 3'
Max spread Max Spread: 4'


  • Flower Border
  • Herb

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Air Pollution
  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Dry Soil
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil
  • Rabbit

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range



    Thomas Jefferson grew English lavender as one of his kitchen herbs in 1794.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Upper Garden

  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

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