Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'

This lavender is a "fat bud" French hybrid and is a staple for lavender growers. It has beautiful long stems that hold the darkest bluish-purple flower spikes of all the French lavenders. This lavender does fairly well in cold climates and blooms heavily each year. This is an excellent lavender for drying or wands, as the stems are long and the calyxes cling tightly to the flowering stems even after drying. Extremely fragrant, the strong lavender smell is mixed with a hint of camphor. The camphor smell works effectively in keeping deer and other visiting wildlife from nibbling on the plant!

This is a good time of year to look for this type of lavender in unusual places. Available at most lavender farms from $4.00 to $5.00 per plant, I was pleased to find it locally at the supermarket this year for $1.49 per plant.

Six new grosso lavender plants have found a new home in our garden beds. By June they will be blooming, although they won't reach full potential until next summer. This is one of my favorite lavenders. They work well planted as a specimen plant in a prominent place.


  1. I bought a new lavender to try in our front planter as you walk up to the door. You mentioned before that they don't do well in pots, but the 'herb' ladies had me plant my first lavender in a buried clay pot--something about our soil here. It did well and eventually rooted out of the pot. I let it meander in the planter where it wants to go. I put the new one directly in the ground this time.

  2. I planted 10 Lavender plants in the garden at work this morning, I don't know what they are called as I took them as cuttings last year from an unnamed plant.


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