In both the traditional purple Spanish Lavender
above and the more uncommon pink, or Kew Red Spanish Lavender on the
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 dark pink in Kew Red Spanish Lavender.
The early spring 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.
in the spring and when it finishes it
needs a good pruning.
The result will be an attractive, fragrant, gray-green shrub
rest of the year.
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