Fringed Lavender, Sweet-Scented Lavender, Toothed Lavender
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France was first to cultivate Lavandula dentata, thus it has the common name French lavender, amongst others! It has a bushy, spreading growth habit and typically grows to a maximum height of 1m and a maximum spread of 1.5m. This species is valued ornamentally rather than for its practical uses in medicine and the cometic industry, of which other species are better suited. Popular with landscapers for its grey-green foliage and sturdy purple blooms. Leaves are divided into a scalloped arrangement and linear to oblong in shape. Flowers are purple-blue in colour, semi-scented and borne on spikes above the foliage, up to 5cm long. They have showy purple bracts at the top of the spike.
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Harvest flowers and leaves as needed, especially in summer.
Make 5 to 10 cm cuttings during the growing period. Place them in deep seed trays or six packs in a cold frame for two weeks or until rooted.
Select a long stem and remove 10 - 15 cm of foliage, leaving 10 cm at the tip of the branch. Cover the bare section with moist soil. Once rooted, cut new plants from mother plant and replant.
Seeds can be sown in Autumn, when ripe. Sow by sprinkling seeds over soil. Keep the soil moist and germination should take two weeks. Thin out too closely germinated plants or replant when they get a bit bigger.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Repels harmful insects
Due to the high volatile oil content it repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes.
This highly drought resistant species can withstand many weeks without water.
Great pot plant as it can flourish in any sized pot in a sunny veranda, stoep or balcony.
This can be used as a great hedge to create a formal border, or for a loosely planted wild looking hedge for any sunny spot.
Western Europe to North Africa, Spain, Madeira and Cape Verde Islands
Loam, Sand, Gravel, Chalk
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Flavour herbal tea - often used as sweetner in the place of sugar!
Keep mice out of cupboards...
Medicinal, teas, tussie mussies
The plant is a natural repellent of many pest species. May be susceptible to rosemary beetle, sage and Ligurian leafhoppers. Lavender is prone to ill-health when it's watered too much, such as root rot and leaf spot. Both can be prevented by letting the lavender bush dry out slightly in between watering. Attack by fungal pathogens is more likely if there is an abundance of water, usually from planting in a poorly draining soil mixture.