Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Lavandula 'Munstead', Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead Dwarf', Lavandula 'Dwarf Munstead'
Color: Lavender blue
Bloom Time: Late spring to summer
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' is a compact, early-flowering, semi-woody perennial that typically grows up to 18 inches (45 cm) tall. Lavender blue flowers appear in terminal spikes in late spring well into summer.
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 thrive in warm, well-drained soil and full sun.
Like many plants grown for 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, it is unlikely you will ever have a Lavender hedge. More realistically, you can expect to have plants that will do well when the weather cooperates and 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 keep them regularly watered during their first growing season.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Lavender.
This plant was reportedly named for Munstead Woods in England, where the plant was grown by garden designer Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932).
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