Lavandula lanata boiss
This is a lovely late blooming Lavender variety with lovely fuzzy silver white foliage and purple flowers.Lanata refers to the long leaf hairs that covers the foliage. Also known as Spanish Mountain Lavender it grows on dry, rocky slopes of Spain.
This Lavender is a beautiful addition to the garden when planted alongside darker foliage plants. Lavandula lanata is a tender perennial and is hardy in US Zones 8-11. Forms a nice 3 foot mound with dense foliage.
The fine hairs that cover the leaves is a natural adaptation to living in dry climate conditions. The hairs trap moisture in the air keeping it around the leaf surface which is particularly useful to plants that are growing in extremely dry conditions.
This plant will not do well in high humidity or soggy wet growing conditions. Plant in soil that has excellent drainage in full hot sun. Never intentionally soak the foliage in the evenings but water at the base of the plant. Plant allowing room for plenty of air circulation around the foliage to help prevent and discourage fungal rot diseases.
The flowers are a rich dark purple and are set atop long stems. They have a slight camphorous or menthol scent to them when crushed.
Harvest your blooms early on a dry day just before they burst open and add to craft projects or make bundles. The lovely silvery grey soft foliage is a beautiful contrast in the garden.
Other popular hybrids of Lavandula lanata include Richard Gray, Silver Frost, and Sawyers.