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
Here the variation of the
purple Spanish Lavender called Kew Red Spanish Lavender enjoys the
warmth of the rock. 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 young Kew Red Spanish Lavender
Plant 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.
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).
This beautiful ribbon of 20 year old 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.