Lavandula x chaytorae Richard Gray Lavender


Richard Gray Lavender in its third spring.

With its silvery leaves and dark purple blooms, Richard Gray Lavender was a lucky find at the Royal Botanic Garden in the 1980's. Like so many lavender, it is a naturally occurring hybrid. Woolly Lavender is one of its parents which explains the grayer than normal leaves. However, unlike Woolly Lavender, this lavender has a short sturdy growth habit, a longer bloom season and a spectacular dark purple flower.

It is so gray, in fact, that in early spring we sometimes wonder if we have lost it, but then May hits and we are rewarded with this intense purple bloom. Because it is short, it makes a great front of the garden plant. We like it planted in front of our bright green Mulleins.

Plant in full sun. After the second or third year, cut back by about a third after bloom.

Richard Gray Lavender makes a great addition to our Zone 8 Fragrant Herb Garden Six Pack.

Cultural Information

Height: 2 feet

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 7-11

Flower Color: Purple   

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Water Conserving 

Uses: Dried Flower,
Fragrant Ornamental

Organic Richard Gray Lavender Plant

$4.95 per 3 inch pot




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