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Lavandula x intermedia Grosso Lavender

 

This picture of Grosso Lavender takes a few extra seconds to load. But, it shows how beautiful these plants are.

 
 

 

This three year old Grosso Lavender was chewed to the ground by rabbits its first year. It looked pretty funny the next year with about three inches of stems and 2 feet of flower wands.

   
Lavender Grosso Properly Pruned

Since the rabbits didn't return, we pruned it hard the second year, leaving about a foot tall mound.  Unfortunately, this Grosso Lavender was accidentally pruned in early spring which destroyed most of the blooms for that year. 

 
 

Grosso Lavender with Rosemary and Lavender Vera

In another spot this Grosso Lavender sets off a Rosemary Hedge. Notice the small light flowered Lavender in front. This is Lavender Vera, one of the most highly prized medicinal Lavenders. Just next to the Lavender Vera are some dried Yellow Lavender flower heads. These will be saved and collected for seed.

 

See how long the stems are!

This view from above shows just how long the flower wands get. The plant is way down there. The flower stems are a bright green but the plant is gray which makes the effect of the whole plant even more stunning. Pruning hard into the gray leaves will reward you with a magnificent blooming bush that radiates more than three feet in all directions. Just make sure to prune after it blooms in the summer or fall and not in the spring!

Below left, we get an idea of how dry these plants like it. Notice the very dusty soil all around the plants. This photo was taken on a day the temperature reached over 100 degrees. And, while these plants receive water every day during a scorcher like that, the ground drains very fast and the soil bakes dry quickly---just the way the lavender likes it.

To the right we see how important Lavender is in bringing life to the garden.

Grosso Lavender on a hot, dry day.

Grosso Lavender and butterfly

Grosso Lavender ready for shipping

All of our Mother plants, like the Grosso Lavender above,  start life as one of our three inch ready-to-go pots (pictured on the left). Grosso Lavenders should be planted three feet apart. Even here where summers can be brutally hot, they can be planted in the full sun. Be sure to provide adequate moisture for a splendid show!

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 if Grosso Lavender Plug Trays are available.

 

Sage and Lavender After Shave Lotion:

2 cups witch hazel
2 tablespoons apple cider 
1 ounce dried lavender flowers
1ounce dried sage

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar and close with a lid for a week.
Shake daily. Remove the herbs and Enjoy! 

From the Great What to do with your Herbs book:
Herbal Treasures.

 

Grosso Lavender Flower 1

Grosso Lavender Flower 2

Grosso Lavender Flower 3

 
 

Grosso Lavender is one of the six plants chosen to be in our  Zone 5 Fragrant Herb Garden.

 

Cultural Information

Height: 2 Feet   

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 5-11

Flower Color
: Purple 

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Evergreen,
Water Conserving    

Uses: Dried Flower, 
Fragrant Ornamental

Grosso Lavender

$4.95 per 3 inch pot

Quantity

 
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