Spanish Lavenders or Lavandula stoechas are hardy to zones 8-10 and have beautiful flower blossoms. These Lavenders have unusual blooms which are tufted and pineapple shaped in appearance with dark purple flower bracts accompanied by dark green leaves.
Another name for Spanish Lavender is French Lavender or Italian Lavender because you can find this Lavandula growing wild along the French countryside and also parts of Spain and Italy. You know Lavandula stoechas has to be good when everyone lays claim to it.
Lavandula stoechas Image by Jean Pol Grandmont
These names refer to regions where it is most commonly growing and not actual plant varieties. See Kew Red Lavender which is a fuchsia red color variant of Spanish Lavender originating from the southern region of Spain.
Lavender stoechas, a subspecies in the genus Lavandula, is distinguished from other lavenders by its unusual flower blossoms. Stoechas is used ornamentally in the garden and the flowers may be used to make Lavender sachets, Lavender wreaths and other dried floral arrangements. The flowers of Lavandula stoechas may be dried and used just like any others in the species.
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The two tufts at the top of Lavandula stoechas flower blooms are actually sterile bracts and they are cute in that they resemble rabbit ears.
Spanish Lavender is a heavy bloomer during the spring and needs to be cut back after flowering to maintain it's shape. Under excellent conditions Spanish Lavender is a tall growing lovely plant.
See the Spanish Lavender flower picture at the top of this page (in the middle) to see what its blooms look like. See the flower closeup at the bottom. Learn what makes it a member of the Stoechas group of Lavender?
Spanish Lavender Flowers
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There are also flower color variants for Spanish Lavender. Lavandula viridis is a yellow flower Lavender variant and Lavandula stoechas var 'alba' has white blooms. The white flower version is native to Italy and some say it is not as showy as the purple.
Lavandula stoechas has short flower stems while Lavandula stoechas pedunculata (subspecies Portuguese Lavender) is distinguished by the beautiful long flowering stems.
Varieties of Spanish Lavender include Avonview, Ballerina, Bee, Bella, Butterfly syn. James Compton, Hazel, Kew Red, Madrid Blue, Madrid Purple, Major, Marshwood, Otto Cast, Spanish Curly Top, Somerset Mist, Tickled Pink, and Van Gogh.
Lavandula stoechas anouk is a very hardy compact growing newer variety recently introduced.
How To Grow Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas is a tender perennial in most regions and is best grown in a pot in full sun where you will be rewarded with an abundance of fragrant blooms. Growing requirements are basically the same for all Lavender plants with some being a little more tolerant of certain conditions than others. Learn more about Spanish Lavender care, Lavender plant care and information on pruning Spanish Lavender plants.
Spanish Lavender lends a Mediterranean feel to outdoor patios and walkways and are extremely drought tolerant once established. Growing Spanish Lavender plants are an excellent choice when planning for a water conserving low maintenance landscape.