French Lavender

by Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. on September 22, 2010

This photograph of French lavender was taken at the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens.  I love lavender, but it is very hard to grow in my black gumbo soil.  This plant was in a raised bed that no doubt had better soil than what is usually there.

French Lavender Lavandula stoechas 'Madrid Purple'

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Patricia from lavenderuses September 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

Thanks Stephanie for sharing the lovely lavender photograph you took. At the moment it is spring in this part of the world and there are a lot of French and English lavenders out in the gardens near my home. People tend to choose one or the other to grow.I even saw a white French lavender growing out in the public space by a home that was growing lavenders in their garden. If my niece had been with me I would have got her to photograph it for me.
I have been reading up on growing lavenders in different zones in the US and you are right. Where the soil is not suitable; lavender lovers build up the soil with free draining soil (often sandy soil) and grow their lavenders that way.
I will be researching more and hopefully do some articles on growing in different zones at some time.
Patricia Perth Australia
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Stephanie Suesan Smith September 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

It isn’t only the USDA hardiness zone that matters. We technically should be able to grow lavender here because our winters are not that cold, but they die in the long, hot summers. I know Australia gets hot, too, but wonder if the elevation is different and that allows the lavender to grow? It is possible here, but very hard.


Jerry Clifford from minneapolis homes September 2, 2011 at 7:47 am

It’s cool that they sometimes use these flowers as cake decorations and sometimes made as candies. But probably the best thing they are known for is their nectar, it is a high source of honey for us.


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