A picture of a French Lavender 'Kew Red'

French Lavender 'Kew Red'

Lavandula stoechas ssp. stoechas f. rosea 'Kew Red'

Also known as

Lavender 'Kew Red'

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

French Lavender 'Kew Red' Overview

Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas f. rosea 'Kew Red' is also known as French Lavender 'Kew Red'. This cultivar is a bushy, dwarf species, and the flowering height is around 50cm. It produces evergreen, silver-grey foliage and attractive, scented deep pink-purple and pale pink flowers. Growing best in a sheltered position, with well-draining soil and in full sun. Popular with bees and butterflies, lavender plants are a great choice for adding aromatic sensory elements to a garden. Well suited to tactile borders, and they may also be used in containers.

Common problems with French Lavender 'Kew Red'

How to harvest French Lavender 'Kew Red'

If cutting flowers to be being dried, cut stems just before or as the flower buds open in the early morning. Hang upside down in a sheltered (from rain) but open to air location until they have dried.

How to propagate French Lavender 'Kew Red'


You can propagate seed.


Dropping in the spring, by heel cuttings. By semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Special features of French Lavender 'Kew Red'

Attracts useful insects

It is part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Attractive flowers

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Other uses of French Lavender 'Kew Red'

Grown for their aromatic foliage and flowers which attract bees and butterflies. Also medicinally in the production of essential oil for example, as a remedy for sunburn, or to promote sleep. Occasional culinary use. Makes effective container plants, low hedging and ground cover. Suitable for coastal conditions.