Hidcote Lavender has long been
one of the most sought after Lavandula angustifolia varieties. According
to The Genus Lavandula,
while this Lavender was named after the estate of Lawrence Johnston,
there are no records which verify that this plant actually started out
life in his garden known as
Hidcote Bartrim. It is more likely that he brought it with him
from his estate in France in the 1920's. It is also sometimes referred
to as Hidcote Blue or Hidcote Purple.
Hidcote Lavender is one of the darkest and
shortest of the Lavandula angustifolia group. Often propagated by seed
that does not come true to the original plant, it can be very difficult
to locate the proper dark purple Hidcote Lavender. Our Hidcote
plants are always propagated by cuttings so their characteristics
remain true to the original plant.
Like all Lavandula angustifolias,
Hidcote Lavender grows better where summers are in the 80's rather
than the 90's. And in keeping with its group it is also slow growing.