Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' (English Lavender)

Scientific Name

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'

Common Names

English Lavender

Synonyms 

Lavandula spica 'Hidcote Purple', Lavandula 'Hidcote'

Scientific Classification

Family: Lamiaceae
Subfamily: Nepetoideae
Tribe: Ocimeae
Genus: Lavandula

Flower

Color: Lavender blue
Bloom Time: Late spring or early summer

Description

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' is a bushy dwarf evergreen shrub with usually narrow, simple, toothed or lobed leaves and small deep violet-purple aromatic flowers in dense, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long spikes. It is one of the most popular Lavenders and blooms once in late spring or early summer.

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' (English Lavender)
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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 5a to 9b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

As with most plants, your success in growing this coveted plant will depend on what kind of growing conditions you can provide and which varieties you select to grow. Lavender plants will tolerate many growing conditions, but they thrive in warm, well-drained soil and full sun.

Like many plants grown for their essential oils, lean soil will encourage a higher oil concentration. An alkaline or especially chalky soil will enhance lavender's fragrance.

Although most Lavenders are labeled hardy in USDA Zones 5 – 9, while you can grow Lavender in USDA Hardiness Zone 5, you will unlikely have a Lavender hedge. More realistically, you can expect to have plants that will do well when the weather cooperates and to experience the occasional loss of a plant or two after a severe winter or a wet, humid summer.

Lavender is a tough plant and is extremely drought-resistant once established. However, when first starting your Lavender plants, don't be afraid to give them a handful of compost in the planting hole and to keep them regularly watered during their first growing season. See more at How to Grow and Care for Lavender.

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