Fern Leaf Lavender
This Lavender lovely dark blue Lavender flowers born on 6 inch stems. The foliage is soft, fuzzy, and fern like (double pinnate) in appearance hence the other name of fernleaf Lavender. Also called Egyptian Lavender and Lavandula 'Pubescens' meaning hairy among growers. Sometimes confused with Jagged Lavender or Lavandula pinnata due to its similar appearance.
The only downside is the flower fragrance is not what you would expect. A rather musty smelling Lavender the scent has been referred to something akin to burning rubber.
Lavandula multifida is a Pterostachys Lavender. The Latin term multifida means "much divided" due to the trident or "winged spikes" of this Lavender plant.
Lavandula multifida is native to Europe and blooms continuously starting in late spring. Plants reach a mature height of 24 inches and are often short lived lasting only a year or two.
Grown as a fast growing annual in Northern areas. When started and grown in a greenhouse plants generally bloom in as little as 8-10 weeks.
This Lavender plant oftentimes reseeds itself as it is so easy to grow from seed. Hardy in zones 7 - 11 and is considered a tender perennial that needs winter protection in all colder regions. A beautiful and reliable perennial in zones 7-8 and a year round bloomer in 9-11.
Lavandula Multifida Blue Wonder
Blue Wonder has oregano scented leaves and is a compact evergreen shrub. Blue wonder grows 18-24 inches tall and should be spaced 12-18 inches apart. Flowers are fat and appear a deep reddish wine color with purple bracts followed by lovely violet blue flowers. Very easy to grow and an excellent container plant.
Lavandula Multifida Spanish Eyes
Spanish Eyes grows to about 2 feet tall and with about equal spread. The lovely leaves are a grey green and when crushed have an aroma very much like oregano. Plants bloom repeatedly during the growing season with small blue violet flowers and are hardy is zones 8-11. Consider it an annual in other areas or give it proper protection.