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Lavendula (Lavender) – angustifolia ‘Munstead Strain’

The spicy freshness of English Lavender has spellbound and entranced people for centuries. Who can resist the bright, clean fragrance of a spray of fresh Lavender? Our Heirloom strain grows easily and produces plants of silvery gray foliage and dainty purple flowers. The strong, clear perfume is carried throughout the leaves. Dried bunches make welcome potpourris, sachet, for the bath, and indoor herbal flower arrangements or wreaths. A much loved variety that is best grown where the scent can be appreciated. Attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. Prefers a dry, infertile soil and is heat resistant. The dried flowers retain their fragrance and color for months. Tolerates clipping and will form a handsome hedge.

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LV200BAG Lavendula (Lavender) – angustifolia 'Munstead Strain' out of stock $64.25
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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 15-18"
Spacing 15-18"
Hardiness Zones 5-10
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Silvery-green
Flower Lavender-blue
Bloomtime July - September

General Information +

Botanical: Lavendula angustifolia 'Munstead Strain'

Common: Lavender

General Characteristics: Munstead' is a compact, early-flowering English lavender cultivar that was first introduced into commerce in 1916. It is a semi-woody perennial that typically grows to 15-18" tall and as wide. Lavender blue flowers appear in terminal spikes in late spring well into summer. Square stems are clad with very narrow, opposite or whorled, green-gray leaves (to 2" long) that are evergreen in warm winter climates. English lavender species plants have been mainstays of herb gardens for many years. Species plants of this lavender are commercially planted for the harvesting of its oils for use in perfumes. Lavender flowers and foliage are also popular additions to sachets and potpourris. English lavender varieties are more often used for culinary purposes than other types of lavender. 'Munstead' was reportedly named for Munstead Woods in England where the plant was grown by garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932).

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. Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained, alkaline soils in full sun. Well-drained soils are required, particularly in winter. Root rot commonly attacks plants grown in poorly drained soils. Plants prefer 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. To combat high humidity, consider using rock instead of organic mulch.