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Lavandula (Lavender) – intermedia ‘Grosso’

Beautiful and fragrant Lavender! A joy to grow and smell!
The lavender ‘Grosso’ has got to be one of the most beautiful lavender plants around! This French Lavender has long stemmed, very fragrant, blue-violet flowers. ‘Grosso’ is used in aromatherapy oils because of its wonderful fragrance. The very attractive 24-36″ tall plants will have long violet flower spikes. Cut the flowers while still in bloom since they look beautiful added to bouquets and of course the smell is heavenly! The flowers are true blue when dried and will bring you joy for years. Excellent for dried flower arrangements, too. This plant is also attractive to butterflies and birds. ‘Grosso’ lavender is perfect for that area needing a soft, airy effect. Looks great in a mixed flowerbed. It is a beautiful well-formed lavender with masses of dense purple lilac flower-heads. Lavender ‘Grosso’ is a sure winner!

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 24-36"
Spacing 36-48"
Hardiness Zones 5-9
Exposure Full Sun
Foliage Gray-Green
Flower Blue-Violet
Bloomtime Mid to Late Summer

General Information +

Botanical: Lavandula intermedia 'Grosso'

Common: Lavandin

Family: Lamiaceae

General Characteristics: Lavender is a herb rich in history and culture. Long prized for its scent and healing properties, it is also one of the most beloved plants in the garden. People who grow lavender for market usually grow this variety. 'Grosso' is used in aromatherapy oils because of its wonderful fragrance. The very attractive 24-36" tall plants will throw long violet flower spikes. 'Grosso' flowers are true blue when dried. Lavender has had its place in the hearts of men and women almost since the beginning of time. In ancient Rome lavender was recognized for its healing and antiseptic qualities, its ability to deter insects, and for washing. The name of lavender comes from the Latin word ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash’, and was used as a ritual bathing herb in ancient Rome. 'Grosso' is a popular hybrid lavender for the herb garden. Although it may be used for culinary purposes, it is more often used as an addition to sachets and potpourris. It is a semi-woody plant that typically grows in a shrubby mound to 24-36" tall. Gray-green leaves (to 2 1/2" long and 1/4" wide) on square stems. Flowers appear in terminal spikes in summer. Both foliage and flowers are highly aromatic. Leaves are evergreen in warm winter climates. Hybrid cultivars vary somewhat in habit, flower color, aromatic intensity and bloom time. 'Grosso' is a mounded, shrubby cultivar that grows to 2-3' tall and features silver-green foliage and very fragrant lavender flowers in summer. Flower spikes are unusually large and plump for this cultivar, rising well above the foliage mound.

Use: This is a versatile garden perennial that should be considered for a wide variety of uses and not just relegated to a corner of the herb garden. Lavender flowers and gray-green leaves provide mid-summer color and contrast to the perennial border front, rock garden, herb garden or scented garden. Can be particularly effective when massed. Also effective as an edger or low hedge.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Susceptible to leaf spot and root rot.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Well-drained soils are required, particularly in winter. Root rot commonly attacks plants grown in poorly drained soils. Prefers a light, sandy soil with somewhat low fertility. Remove faded flowers to promote continued bloom. Prune to shape in spring after new leaves appear. Prune back to 8" in spring every 3 years to control plant size and to promote robust, new growth.