Gardening

Lavender butterfly: a pretty variety


Butterfly lavender is a beautiful alternative to common lavender thanks to very original inflorescences.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Lavandula stoechas
Family : Lamiaceae
Type : Aromatic shrub

Height
: 60 to 100 cm
Exposure : Sunny
Ground : Ordinary, well drained

Foliage
: Persistent
Flowering : June to August

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Easy and floriferous, butterfly lavender will beautifully and durably adorn your gardens and terraces.

Butterfly lavender plantation

Butterfly lavender appreciates well-draining, light and even poor soils.

It grows almost everywhere but fears temperatures below -7 ° in winter.

  • It is recommended to plant in autumn, but you can easily crash it in spring.
  • Water a little at the beginning and then as little as possible
  • No addition of fertilizer is necessary
  • Butterfly lavender fears soils that are too calcareous

So reserve a place for him sunny and one well-drained soil. If your soil is very clayey, mix it with sand to lighten it.

  • Follow our planting tips.
  • For the realization of a lavender butterfly hedge, plant a foot every 30 to 40 cm.

Planting butterfly lavender in a pot:

One tip for growing butterfly lavender in pots is to save it from moisture at all costs.

  • Make sure the pot is well drilled
  • Lay at the bottom a drainage bed made of small gravel or clay balls

Pruning and caring for butterfly lavender

The lavender butterfly size is possible but should only be done on wood still with foliage. If you prune on dry wood, it will not grow back ...

  • In end of winter, prune as you wish, respecting the rounded shape of the plant.
    However, avoid attacking the old wood because it develops very few young shoots.
    So choose a size still soft wood rather than hardwood.
  • If the climate in your area is mild in winter, you can also prune your lavender in the fall.
  • After flowering, cut the floral stems so as not to exhaust the lavender unnecessarily.

The flowers of butterfly lavender, when cut are a great way to scent laundry ...

Lavender butterfly in winter:

Butterfly lavender fears strong frosts (-7 °) and therefore cannot withstand prolonged cold waves.

  • Protect the foot with mulching in winter

Conservation of butterfly lavender

Butterfly lavender can be stored for months or even years if kept in a dry place away from direct sunlight.

  • The ideal is to hang the flower spikes in small bunch to dry them before storing them
  • Our grandmothers made little cotton bags filled with lavender to perfume the laundry in the wardrobes

To know about butterfly lavender

Butterfly lavender gets this pretty name from its floral spikes that look like little butterflies at the end of the stems.

Its inflorescences are larger than the common lavender and like its cousin, it has been cultivated for millennia for its scent but also for its medicinal properties.

Very pretty plant, this shrub symbolizes Provence, the Mediterranean scent and the sun.

It was once used to store linen and perfume baths, but today it comes to enchant our rockeries, flower beds and flower beds.

Butterfly lavender is naturally used in composition of perfumes and essential oils.

Easy to maintain, butterfly lavender needs a limited watering in case of strong heat.

  • Plant it at the foot of your rosebushes, because it has a repellent power against aphids.

Smart tip about butterfly lavender

Very melliferous, butterfly lavender helps attract bees to the garden and therefore participate in the good ecosystem of flora and fauna.

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