Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence' Item #2813
Lavender Provence is a popular hybrid lavender for the herb garden.
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Lavender Provence is a popular hybrid lavender for the herb garden. Although it is rarely used for culinary purposes, it is frequently used as an addition to sachets and potpourris. It is a semi-woody plant that typically grows in a shrubby mound to 2-4’ tall. Gray-green leaves (to 2 1/2” long and 1/4” wide) on square stems. Flowers appear in terminal spikes (to 4” long) in summer. Both foliage and flowers are highly aromatic. Leaves are evergreen in warm winter climates. Hybrid cultivars vary somewhat in habit, flower color, aromatic intensity and bloom time.
Genus name comes from the Latin word lavo meaning I wash in reference to a former use of the plant as an aromatic wash. Hybrid designation means intermediate. Lavender Provence’ is one of the tallest of the lavandins. It gets its cultivar name from the area in southeastern France adjacent to the Mediterranean and Italy (Provence) where it is commercially grown in large plantings for the perfume industry. Flowers and foliage are heavily scented. This a mounded, shrubby cultivar that typically grows to 30-36” tall. It features fragrant light lavender flowers in summer on upright stems clad with aromatic silver-gray foliage.