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Essence Purple Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia 'Essence Purple'

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Essence Purple Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Essence Purple') at Valley View Farms

Essence Purple Lavender flowers

Essence Purple Lavender flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Essence Purple Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Essence Purple') at Valley View Farms

Essence Purple Lavender in bloom

Essence Purple Lavender in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  English Lavender, Common Lavender

Description:

Long lasting purplish-blue blooms from early to mid-summer; dense, rich green foliage is very aromatic; a perfect choice for edging or massing in the garden

Ornamental Features

Essence Purple Lavender has masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant purple flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant needle-like leaves are green in color. The foliage often turns coppery-bronze in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Essence Purple Lavender is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Essence Purple Lavender is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Essence Purple Lavender will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Essence Purple Lavender is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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