Lavandula angustifolia 'Opal Rain'

Common name(s): English lavender

Description: evergreen shrub; a color sport of 'Melissa Lilac' discovered by Laura Grady at Wild Rain Lavender Farm in Yamhill, OR. that we introduced in 2013. Tidy, compact growth with gray-green foliage and sweetly fragrant, pink flower spikes on mid-length stems. Calyces are exceptionally woolly, appearing almost white and pink corollas darken as they age. A favorite for culinary use and essential oils and one of our fundraiser plants.


Height: to 20 in. Spread: to 3 ft.

Stem length: 10-12 in.  

Corolla: pale pink

Calyx: dark violet, sage green at the base, very woolly

Bloom season: early summer

Best Uses: landscaping, culinary, bouquets, potpourri, crafts

Position: full sun and well-draining soil

Winter Hardiness: to 0 F and below

Drought: adapted to 3 months of summer drought