Lavandula viridis


Yellow and French Lavender planted together.

The rabbit-ear like chiffon yellow blooms of the rare Yellow Lavender, Lavandula viridis, present themselves at the same time as other early lavenders like the French Lavender in the picture to the left. The gray leaves and purple flowers of French Lavender make a striking contrast to the yellow green leaves and flowers of Yellow Lavender.

Yellow Lavender is sometimes referred to as green lavender and has been documented back to the 17th century. Thought to originate in the Portuguese archipelago Madeira, Yellow Lavender prefers warm summers and mild winters.

Yellow Lavender naturalized in our field

This Yellow Lavender has naturalized in our field, (along with the silvery Powis Castle Artemisia to its left) and gets very little care or water. Not really something we recommend. To keep the bush looking good it should be watered when needed to keep branches from dying out. And, it should be pruned by at least a third after it blooms in early summer. This will help to maintain a neater appearance.

If you feel Lavender should be purple and smell like soap, then this plant is not for you. Big and bold describes the color, shape and fragrance of Yellow Lavender.


Yellow Lavender can be used to cook with. Robert Kourik writes in his book, The Lavender Garden, that he feels it is the best of all lavenders for grilling, herb breads and hearty dishes. Its piney aroma translates into a rosemary flavor with a hint of sweetness.

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

This plant is sometimes 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 an inch. Check here to see if Yellow Lavender Plug Trays are available.

Cultural Information

Height: 3 Feet

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 8-11

Flower Color: Cream with Yellow Flower Bracts

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Water Conserving    

Uses: Dried Flower,

Organic Yellow Lavender Plant

$7.95 per 3 inch pot




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