Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas) is one of about 40 different varieties of lavender. It grows as a low shrub, much like its other relatives, but has a distinct flower shape. Spanish lavender is known for its upright petals that appear at the top of the flower heads, giving the blooms a rabbit-like appearance.
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AttributesType: Perennial, Herb
Height: 12 in - 36 in
Spread: 24 in - 48 in
Light: Full Sun
Zone: 8 -9
Pet Safe: Toxic
CareGeneral Maintenance: Spanish lavender is easy to care for and does not require much attention once established. This variety is more tolerant of heat than other popular lavender varieties. Like other lavender varieties, pruning will encourage Spanish lavender to branch, creating a denser, thicker plant. However, care must be taken to avoid over-pruning these plants. To properly prune lavender, simply trim away around one-third of the plant's growth after its first flush of flowers. This is also the perfect time to harvest those sweet-smelling flower buds. Prune about one-third of the plant's growth again after the second flush of blooms fades.
Temperature: Spanish lavender is native to the Mediterranean and does well in hot, dry climates. It thrives in zones 8a to 9b and is a better choice for warmer temperature zones than other popular lavender varieties. However, it's not as cold-hardy as other varieties of lavender and must stay in a zone where winter temperatures do not drop below 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Light: Like other lavender varieties, Spanish lavender requires full sun to thrive and produce its fragrant blooms.
Watering: Similar to other lavender varieties, Spanish lavender does not require much water and can withstand periods of drought. However, the best growing conditions involve slightly moist soil, so water these plants before the soil dries out completely. To avoid problems with fungal diseases, it is best to water at soil level to avoid getting the leaves wet.
Soil: Spanish lavender needs sandy, gravely, well-draining soil to grow healthy and lush. These plants prefer slightly moist soil, but any standing water or slow-draining soil will spell disaster for Spanish lavender. If your soil is composed of clay, be sure to amend it with sand or gravel before planting this herb.
Fertilizer: Spanish lavender is native to areas with sandy, poor-quality soil and prefers soil that is low in nutrients. Because of this, Spanish lavender does not require fertilizer and often does best without it.
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