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Provence Lavender

Provence Lavender

Provence Lavender

Provence Lavender

Provence Lavender

This is the only lavender in our collection that is not English lavender but that is good for culinary use. Provence lavender is a hybrid (Lavandula x intermedia) that does especially (and unusually) well in areas with humid summers. This lavender is said to have the strongest fragrance of all lavenders, and its foliage has a pleasing fragrance as well. Provence lavender is well suited to plant as a colorful hedge. This variety is also sometimes called “Fat Lavender” for its flower heads that can grow to 3 inches long.

Sun Exposure

  • full sun

Soil pH

  • 6.4 to 8.2

Hardiness Zones

  • zones 5 to 9


  • mid to late summer


  • 2 to 3 feet


  • 2 to 3 feet


  • 24 to 36 inches


  • 1 inch per week or less


  • prefers well-drained chalky, loamy, sandy soil
  • drought tolerant
  • attracts butterflies
  • powerful fragrance
  • good for use with meat and in savory dishes

Have you ever tried growing Provence lavender? Are there any challenges you face growing it? Please tell us your best tips for growing Provence lavender.


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