Lavandula latifolia growing shrub of the genus Lavandula also known as Spike lavender or Portuguese lavender, Lavandula latifolia perennial evergreen plant, leaves edible but mostly used as ornamental plant for the fragrant flowers and leaves, can grow in mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 5-10a with the right care possible in hardiness zone 10b.
Leaves fragrant in the color green in oval shape with serrated edges in size of 3-5 cm.
Flower fragrant in the color purple-lilac the flowers grow on stems in the end, the flowers spike looks like hive.
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Requirements for Lavandula latifolia growing and care:
Well-drained soil, cold winter
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction – cutting possible by bending a branch over and covering it with soil, or by cutting, the cutting possible to put in water and switch the water every few days or put the stem in soil better peat soil and better to use root growth hormone, in both cutting methods better to do it spring season, keep high humidity and spray the plant with water.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible and it’s not hard to
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 5-8, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 9-10a, autumn to spring in hardiness zone 10b.
Pests and diseases:
All year (but possible after the bloom)
How to prune:
More for design, dead leaves and flowers
Size of the plant:
30-80cm, 12-32 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade (less flowers) better in hardiness zone 10b
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container, size 8-18 liter (2-5 gallon) average amount of water that needed, it’s to keep the soil moist consider to put mulch and can reduce vaporization of the water, every two years to switch soil in the pot don’t let the soil be rotten possible to switch just part of the soil, soil need to be well ventilated with good drainage, rich with organic matter, can us in potting mix or peat soil with perlite or vermiculite.
Spring / Summer
General information about the flower
Purple-lilac the flowers grow in the end of specific stem in spike structure that look like hive
Pollination is done by:
Bees, attract pollinators
How to grow from seeds
Full sun, well-drained soil
Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Cool and dry location
Spring to summer
30*40cm, (12*16 inches)
Depth of Sowing:
1cm (0.5 inch)
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, 10-21C (50-70F)
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water
Condition of seedling:
Full sun, keep the soil moist
Do the seeds require burying?
Chilling hour’s requirements:
Alternative names: Broadleaved lavender, Spike lavender, Portuguese lavender