Lavandula angustifolia 'New Zealand Blue'

Common name(s): English lavender

Description: evergreen shrub; our own 2015 introduction from a lavender we brought back from New Zealand (see below). Fragrant, violet-blue flower spikes on mid-length stems. One of our top recommendations for culinary lavenders.


Height: to 2 ft. Spread: to 3 ft.

Stem length: 10-12 in.  

Corolla: violet-blue

Calyx: dark violet, sage green at the base

Bloom season: early summer

Best Uses: landscaping, culinary, bouquets, crafts

Position: full sun and well-draining soil

Winter Hardiness: to 0 F and below

Drought: adapted to 3 months of summer drought

Notes: we purchased this as 'Pacific Blue' in 2011 from New Zealand but upon flowering it was evident that it was definitely not 'Pacific Blue'. We contacted the nursery we acquired it from and, together, decided it was a sport or a seedling from one of their plants so we named it 'New Zealand Blue' and introduced it in 2015.