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botanical name:
Lavandula 'Helmsdale'
Lavandula 'Helmsdale' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  French Lavender, Spanish Lavender
synonyms:  Lavandula stoechas ssp. pedunculata 'Helmsdale', Lavandula 'Genghel'
family:  Lamiaceae
characteristics: shrub, scented/aromatic
height: 0.75m
width: 0.75m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: grey-green
flower colour: purple
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Robust bushy evergreen subshrub with aromatic grey-green leaves. Freely produced dark purple flowers with slender, deep burgundy purple bracts on top.

cultivation:
Well drained, fairly poor soil in full sun. Reputed to be exceptionally hardy.
Trim back after flowering.

propagation:
From cuttings. Half-ripe, heeled cuttings taken in summer are recommended.

usage:
Can be used as a culinary herb.

other notes:
A hybrid of Lavandula stoechas ssp. pedunculata x Lavandula viridis, raised at Marshwood Gardens in New Zealand.

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