Lavandin is a family of stunning lavender hybrids. The abundant productive flowers hint as to why it’s a favorite of professional growers.
Key points to remember:
Height – 24 to 48 inches (60 to 100 cm)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – Ordinary, well drained
Foliage – Evergreen
Flowering – June to August
It’s a key ingredient in assembling perfume. It’s also an easy plant to extract essential oil from.
Lavandin appreciates well-draining, light and even poor soils. It can grow more or less anywhere, but is vulnerable when temperatures drop below 19°F (-7°C) in winter.
- We recommend planting clumps in fall, but you can plant in spring without any problems.
- Water a bit at the beginning and then refrain from watering as much as possible.
- No need to add fertilizer.
- Lavandin doesn’t grow well in excessively chalky soil.
- Follow our planting advice.
- To grow a lavandin hedge, plant one stem every 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm).
- Double-check that the pot has a hole.
- Pour a drainage layer of small gravel or clay beads at the bottom of the pot.
An advantage of lavandin over common lavender is that it’s sterile. This means it isn’t invasive like lavender is.
The only way to propagate it is through cuttings or layering. Here’s how to layer lavandin.
Pruning and care for lavandin
Pruning lavandin is possible, but must be exclusively performed on growth that still bears leaves. If you prune dry wood, it won’t grow back…
- At the end of winter, prune as you wish, but follow the rounded shape of the plant.
Avoid cutting off old growth, because those branches rarely send out new shoots.
Favor pruning only on young, tender shoots rather than old, hard wood.
- If your climate zone has mild winters, you can also prune your lavandin bush in fall.
- After the blooming, snip off floral scapes to avoid needlessly draining plant nutrients (no need to produce seeds that will turn out sterile).
- More on pruning lavender and related species.
Cut lavandin flowers are an excellent way to perfume clothes and laundry.
Lavandin in winter:
Lavandin is vulnerable to harsh freezing, 19°F (-7°C), and can’t survive over long spells of deep cold.
- For regions with very harsh climates, protect the base with mulch in winter.
Easy to care for, lavandin only requires reduced watering in case of high temperatures.
Keeping lavandin flowers
Lavandin can keep for months and even years if stored in a dry spot away out of direct sunlight.
- Best is to hang floral panicles together in small bunches to dry them before keeping them.
- Our grandmothers used to prepare small cotton pouches filled with lavandin flowers to perfume our laundry in the closet.
Good to know about lavandin
The perfume industry boomed in the 1950s and required large amounts of essential oil. This naturally triggered planting of vast expanses of lavandin. Since this hybrid lavender produced much more essential oil than normal lavender, lavandin quickly turned out to be ideal. It boasted both high quality essential oil, and an impressive yield. At home, you can easily transfer oil compounds to carrier oils by infusing the lavandin flowers.
Today, lavandin is the most cultivated family of lavender in the world.
A very cute plant, this sub-shrub also symbolizes French Provence and the Mediterranean sun. Everyone now recognizes its lovely typical fragrance. Naturally, lavandin is a favorite when creating lavender wands, perfume, scented candles, and essential lavender oils.
- There’s a lavandin cultivar named ‘Provence’, but it was bred in the United States.
Lavandin is among the older lineages of plants with traceable genetics. The most famous type of lavandin is the ‘Grosso’ cultivar. Other notable ones are:
- ‘Provence’ lavandin (excellent for oil)
- Hidcote giant
- Gros bleu
- Impress purple
- Seal (huge)
- Alba (white flowers)
Lavandin, a lavender that’s not invasive
What makes this a world-class plant? It’s non-invasive! Indeed, this hybrid only rarely produces seeds. When they do appear, they’re sterile, meaning that they won’t sprout. It’s perfect for not interfering with other local plants, nor will it upset the surrounding ecosystem.
Smart tip about lavandin
This extremely melliferous plant will attract dozens of honeybees to your garden. They’ll patronize your whole garden and pollinate any and all available flowers!
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others: Rosalyn & Gaspard Lorthiois