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Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote - Hidcote English Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia is a small to medium sized shrub, growing to about 1 foot - 18" feet tall and a bit wider. The purple flowers grow on stalks about 6" taller than the foliage. English Lavender, like many of the lavenders is a short lived woody shrub. I expect 3 or 4 years out of Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote before the middle of the shrub starts to die back. In the meantime they are a wonderfully fragrant component of the herb or Mediterranean garden. Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote is Winter hardy into the high teens. Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote attracts a variety of butterflies to the garden including the Gray Hairstreak, Fiery Skipper, Mournful Duskywing, Sara Orangetip, White Checkered Skipper, Northern White Skipper, and the California Dogface Butterfly. I find that Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote 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. English Lavender is not one of the culinary varieties, use Lavandula Fred Boutin, Lavandula Grosso, or Lavandula Provence for culinary purposes.

Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote, Hidcote English Lavender

Dark purple flowers of Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote - Hidcote English Lavender. 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 * Sweet Lavender
Lavandula intermedia Fred Boutin
Lavandula intermedia Grosso
Lavandula intermedia Provence
Lavandula multifida
Lavandula pinnata buchii
Lavandula stoechas Atlas
Lavandula stoechas Coco Blue White
Lavandula stoechas Javelin Forte White
Lavandula stoechas Madrid Purple
Lavandula stoechas Otto Quast
Lavandula stoechas Silver Anouk