The first Lavandin to be cloned or propagated was
Lavandula x intermedia Abrialii in the late
1920's. A natural cross between L. angustifolia and L. spica, Abrial
was the plant of choice for oil distillation until it was hit hard by a
disease. Much of it was replaced by another Lavandin, Super. These two
Lavandins closely resembled the harder to grow Lavandula angustifolia and
gave more oil per plant. In the 1970's lavender grower Pierre Grosso
developed the Lavandin, Grosso
which was more robust and is now the most
widely cultivated Lavandin.
Abrial is a little shorter than Grosso,
but it has the same deep purple flower bracts (instead of green like many
lavenders) which may make it the perfect choice for down in front.
Like all Lavandula x intermedia varieties, Abrial
makes an attractive fragrant hedge. When the bloom is finished it can be
sheared into any shape, but be sure to take off about a third of the stems
to promote bushiness and good flower pattern the next spring.
Abrial Lavender is one of the six plants chosen
to be in our
Crafter's Herb Garden
for Zones 5-11, and would make a
great addition to our Zone 5 Fragrant
Herb Garden Six Pack.
This plant is often
available in plug trays. These trays hold 128
of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of
space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by 3/4 of an inch. Check here to see