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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Upper Garden

  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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

    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

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