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Lavandula stoechas ‘Helmsdale’
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Spanish Lavender

Lavandula

Lavender

In the Middle Ages, Lavender was a chief ingredient in the famous “Four Thieves” vinegar, and today no classic sachet or potpourri would be complete without it.

We use Lavenders in every garden we design. Dependable and drought tolerant, their strikingly handsome flowers, whether white or blue, pink, violet or purple, offer a heady aroma and an upright spiky look, while the foliage forms a pleasing mound during the off season. In the herb garden, border or rockery, they combine well with grasses, perennials or other shrubs. If the plants are cut back in late June, many cultivars will produce a second bloom in autumn.

Lavandula stoechas ‘Helmsdale’ full sun

Developed by Marshwood Gardens in New Zealand, this stellar Lavandula stoechas pedunculata and Lavandula viridis hybrid is considered the best dark flow- ered stoechas cultivar in the trade. Whimsical looking rich burgundy bracts plus plump prismatic flowers splashed with vivid navy, violet and wine hues make a stunning juxtaposition against the aromatic, slender upright pale green foliage. Relishing winter protection around 0° and periodic shearing, ‘Helmsdale’s shrubby, robust, yet close-knit habit and plush flowers, which appear in droves from spring ’til fall, can dwell atop a sunny stone wall or in a dry well-drained herb garden.

Blooms April–August

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide. Zone 7a.

Lavandula stoechas ‘Helmsdale’ (S-0814)
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