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English Lavender ‘Hidcote’| Plant Profile

English Lavender ‘Hidecote’ (Lavandula angustifolia) is the fragrant perennial famous for it’s soothing scent commonly used in essential oils and perfumes. This type of lavender is edible and is considered to be of culinary value. English Lavender is clump forming at the base with grass-like leaves and lavender flowers at the tops of long stems. Foliage and flowers are highly fragrant.

English Lavender’s optimum growing conditions are dry to medium soil in full sun. If the soils are not properly drained, root rot may occur. To maintain the shape, English Lavender should be pruned. Protection from freezing temperatures is a must.

Lavender is often found in herb gardens, but can also be used as ornamental pieces throughout a landscape. When planted in mass, the sea of purple flowers that emerge in mid summer can be standout borders along fences or gardens.


English Lavender 'Hidcote' Characteristics

English Lavender, an edible and extremely fragrant perennial is valued for extracts and dried flower arrangements. English Lavender reaches up to 3' when blooming and has a uniformly round shape when pruned. The purple flowers reach above the foliage and fully encapsulate the rigid stems for several inches before the peak.

English Lavender is often farmed in large fields with sun throughout the day. It is adapted to full sun and somewhat dry soils. It can tolerate relatively low fertility soils and does not require fertilization. Flowers fade when spent and should be removed to make way for new foliage. To maintain the classic shape, prune in spring after new growth emerges. English Lavender is not tolerant of high humidity and should be planted with rocks rather than mulch to allow for air circulation. When temperatures dip below zero, cover the plant in a protective winter covering.

Leaf spot and root rot can occur. The roots may also freeze in winter if poorly drained and not sheltered. These plants attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. They tend to tolerate deer, rabbits, drought, and air pollution.

Herb gardens, fence borders, rock gardens, and butterfly gardens are all perfect applications for lavender. The fragrant flowers and leaves maintain their scent after being cut, so they are a popular choice in dried flower arrangements, potpourri, and scent sachets.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones  5 - 8
1.00 - 1.50'
1.00 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
June - August
Dry - Medium
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?