Lavandula stoechas Spanish Lavender

Lavandula stoechas Spanish Lavender


Spanish Lavender's rabbit ears

In both the traditional purple Spanish Lavender above and the more uncommon pink Spanish Lavender on the right, it is easy to see why this plant is sometimes called Rabbit Ears and the bloom is described as a pineapple. The colorful "ears" are actually sterile bracts. The flowers are tiny, dark purple in the traditional Spanish Lavender and pink in Kew Red Spanish Lavender.

Kew Red Spanish Lavender

  Spanish Lavender Bush right before bloom.






This one year old Spanish Lavender bush is ready to explode with color. The early spring dark purple flower heads look great with, and bloom at the same time as Rockroses. Add a few Golden Sage plants for a show-stopping contrast. Loved by bees, Spanish Lavender will make your garden hum with life.

Spanish Lavender blooms profusely in the spring and when it finishes it needs a good pruning. The result will be an attractive, fragrant, gray-green shrub throughout the rest of the year.


Spanish Lavender in full bloom

Native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa, Spanish Lavender seems to be a more suitable lavender choice for those who garden in hot humid climates.The antiseptic, piney fragrance of Spanish Lavender makes it an exceptionally fragrant landscape plant but not the first choice for use in cooking. English Lavenders, both Lavandula angustifolias and Lavandula x intermedias, are preferred in the kitchen.


Spanish Lavender is probably what the ancient Greeks and Romans used to scent their bath water. Indeed the word Lavender is from Latin lavare (to wash). Spanish Lavender is often referred to in older publications as French Lavender (which, today, is how we refer to L. dentata).

Kew Red Spanish Lavender with Orchid Rockrose

The photo above shows a variation of the purple Spanish Lavender called Kew Red Spanish Lavender. While not really red, the flowers tend toward the pink hues with the little "pineapples" showing as more of a maroon than the traditional purple. Planted here in a Mediterranean garden with Orchid Rockrose to the right and Cretan Oregano below front, this Kew Red Spanish Lavender Plant is enjoying an ideal location. This garden gets water about once a week in the summer and is in full sun. Of course, watering depends on the location, soil texture and air humidity of each garden.

This beautiful ribbon of Spanish Lavender is fronted by blooming Hot Lips Salvia and framed by a Rosemary hedge in the back.

Spanish Lavenders make a great addition to our Zone 8 Fragrant Herb Garden Six Pack.

Cultural Information

Height: 18 inches to 2 Feet,    

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 8-11

Flower Color: Spanish-Dark Purple   
Kew Red-Pinkish purple

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Water Conserving 

Uses: Dried Flower,



Organic Spanish Lavender Plant

$4.95 per 3 inch pot



Organic Kew Red Spanish Lavender Plant

$4.95 per 3 inch pot


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