Lavandula angustifolia 'Royal Velvet'

Common name(s): English lavender

Description: evergreen shrub; our own 1988 introduction raised from seeds we collected from 'Royal Purple' on a trip to England in the 1980s. Compact growth with gray-green foliage and very fragrant, dark purple flower spikes on long stems. Considered by many as one of the best for dried bouquets, wreaths, oil and culinary use. 


Height: to 30 in. Spread: to 3 ft.

Stem length: 14-16 in.  

Corolla: violet-blue

Calyx: dark purple

Bloom season: early summer

Best Uses: landscaping, culinary, essential oil 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