Telford, PennsylvaniaPerennials
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Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Common name   English lavender
Hardiness Zone   5 to 8
Sun   Full sun (only)
Soil   Dry to medium moisture
Flower color   Lavender
Bloom Time   June - August
Height   1 to 1.5 feet

General Culture:
Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained, alkaline soil in full sun. Well-drained soils are required, particularly in winter. Root rot commonly attacks plants grown in poorly drained soils. Prefers a light, sandy soil with somewhat low fertility.
Noteworthy Characteristics:
An evergreen perennial, Lavender 'Munstead' has a subtle blue-green coloring and sweet fragrance. Reaching 12 to 18 inches high and 30 inches wide, it boasts 2 1/2 inch, linear, downy leaves on strong stems. The leaves first open white, then turn a pale gray-blue-green color. Stalks of lavender flowers grow up to 12 inches tall.
Plants may not survive in winter if soils are not well-drained and/or if temperatures dip below zero degrees without protective snow cover.
This is a versatile garden perennial that should be considered for a wide variety of uses and not just relegated to a corner of the herb garden. Lavender flowers and gray-green leaves provide mid-summer color and contrast to the perennial border front, rock garden, herb garden or scented garden. Can be particularly effective when massed. Also effective as an edger or low hedge in some areas.