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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
Robust bushy evergreen subshrub with aromatic grey-green leaves. Freely produced dark purple flowers with slender, deep burgundy purple bracts on top.

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

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

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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