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Lavandula stoechas Butterfly White


French Lavender

Unusual white 'winged' flowers

Bewitching when in flower through the summer. Evergreen leaves which are strongly aromatic, create a silvery haze above which float the equally scented white flowers which have dramatic 'wing like' tufts. Irresistible to bees.


French Lavender is happiest in very well drained soil and a sunny, well sheltered position. Excellent in a container and particularly effective when planted along pathways and anywhere the scented leaves can be enjoyed.


Good drainage is key so dig grit into the planting hole to help if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use loam based compost mixed with course grit for containers and provide shelter from cold winds. Trim lightly after flowering to maintain shape.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering May - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 130 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Garden edging, Gravel garden

Typically available

From March to September