French Lavender

{ Lavandula Stoechas; French Lavender; Spanish Lavender; Topped Lavender; }


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About Laurens

If your aesthetic leans more towards Provencal countryside than English garden, Laurens is the guy for you. Like his English cousin, Val, he's got fragrant purple blooms, but Laurens' flowers grow upwards from the top of his stalks, in little bursts resembling rabbit's ears. His blood runs warmer than Val's too, and he can't get enough sun. He'll be at his most beautiful and flowery during summer months.

It's not just his looks that are magical either; Laurens' powers range from being a natural antiseptic to anti-inflammatory, and he works great in aromatherapy to help you relax. He can also curb nausea and headaches and works as an insect repellant - basically, there's not much he can't do. Laurens is amongst the most fragrant varieties of lavender, so cut off his blooms and use them to make your own essential oils, or make sachets of dried buds to keep under your pillow. We think you'll sleep a little easier knowing Laurens is around.

Quick Facts

Biological name: Lavandula Stoechas

Nicknames: French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Topped Lavender

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub / Outdoor

Current height: 30-40cm; 40-50cm

Toxic?: Non-toxic

Nursery pot:13cm; 23cm

Pro level: Easy

How to care for Laurens (French lavender)

The basics

Laurens likes plenty of sun and can tolerate dry, hot climates. Find him a warm spot in full-sun.

He does well potted, and can be happily brought inside when the weather gets too cold. If you fancy a more stylish pot to match his blooms, take a look at our collection.

Water him well but make sure his soil stays well-drained - use our drainage pebbles to help.

Going the extra mile

Prune him in April and again in September to keep him looking him prettiest.

If you want to use her flowers for oils or other DIY aromatherapy, pick off his blooms once they become nice and full in early spring.