Spanish lavender or French Lavender (la-VAN-dew-la STOY-kas) LAMIACEAE
Plants have dark lavender flowers in terminal club like heads that are held just above the foliage. Compact growing semi-woody plants are 15 inches tall and 2 feet wide, they are drought tolerant once established and are hardy in zones 8 to 10. Further north they can be grown as annuals from an early sowing and in the fall cuttings can be made and rooted and over wintered in a bright window. For continued flowering-trim plants back often during the year. This selection produces very uniform plants and looks very nice in a large group. Grow in full sun in well draining soils. Native from the Mediterranean were it is found growing on dry hill sides and open woods and scrub areas. Plants have been used medicinally and have fragrant flowers too. they do make great dried flowers for scented sachets. The genus name comes from the word to 'wash' and plants were used in making soaps.
Sow at 70F, if no germination in 4 weeks, move to the fridge for 3 weeks, then back to F. 70 Surface sow, light needed for best germination.