Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Stoechas Lavender, or Topped Lavender) occurs naturally in the Mediterranean region. A perennial shrub, it usually grows to 30-100 cm tall and wide. The leaves are 1-4 cm long, greyish tomentose. The flowers are pinkish-purple (lavender-coloured), produced on spikes 2-3 cm long at the top of slender leafless stems 10-30 cm long; each flower is subtended by a bract 4-8 mm long. At the top of the spike are a number of much larger, sterile bracts (no flowers between them), 10-50 mm long and bright lavender purple (rarely white).
more fragile than Common Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), as it is less winter hardy, but harsher and more resinous in its oils. Stoechas Lavender is used commercially in air fresheners and insecticides.
Provence in the East Midlands If You Have Been Lucky Enough to Have Some Frost-Free Winters, Perhaps You Too Will Be Inspired to Fill Your Garden with the Hues and Scent of French Lavender
Jun 26, 1999; THERE MAY be something to be said for global warming after all. A succession of frost-free winters, here in the East Midlands,...