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Lavandula stoechas Madrid Purple - Spanish Lavender

Lavandula stoechas Madrid Purple is one of a series of compact Spanish Lavenders. Madrid puple has purple flowers to go with pink bracts. Madrid Pink has pink flowers to go along with the pink bracts, Madrid Blue has blue flowers to go with white bracts. In all other regards the plants grow just like the other Lavandula stoechas cultivars. They are easy to grow, they stay low, they bloom for a long time from Spring into Summer. Lavandula stoechas Madrid Purple will bloom even longer if you have the inclination and patience to cut off all of the dead flower heads. Lavandula stoechas has low water needs and is great for the Drought tolerant garden. Lavenders are busy waystations for insects and are necter sources for a host of bees and butterflies. I often include Lavenders in the butterfly garden plans. The Gray Hairstreak, Fiery Skipper, Mournful Duskywing, Common Buckeye and California Dogface Butterflies will sip nectar. Spanish lavender will tolerate temperatures into the low teens and survive when temperatures dip below 10° F for a short time. The Spanish Lavenders are not the culinary variety. For your cooking use Lavandula intermedia Fred Boutin, Lavandula intermedia Grosso or Lavandula intermedia Provence.

Lavandula stoechas Madrid Purple

Purple flowers and foliage of Lavandula Madrid Purple - Spanish Lavender. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.