Native Garden

Ernest Righetti High School


Lavandin - Phenomenal Lavandin

Category: shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue violet
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall

Phenomenal Lavandin is a new selection of Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) that grows to be a compact rounded shrub to 24 to 30 inches tall by 3 feet wide with aromatic silvery gray-green narrow leaves. In late spring into early summer, before most other Lavandin are flowering, arise the 1 foot long flowering stems topped by 5 inch spikes of sweet smelling bright violet-blue flowers. This plant appreciates an open sunny location and is quite drought tolerant, needing only occasional to infrequent irrigation once established – over watered plants are floppy and weaker and dislikes overly wet conditions. It is cold hardy to below 15 degrees F and is noted at being able to handle temperatures in USDA Zone 5. As with other Lavandin it should prove tolerant to poor and alkaline soils. The Lavandin can be long lived in the garden if pruned hard after flowering in late summer – cut back deep into the leafy stems above the hard wood but do not prune in late fall or winter. Some recommend replacing plants every 5 years or so but we have older Lavandin varieties in our garden that are much older than this. Lavender flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies but plants are not particularly to browsing animals – deer tend to leave alone but rabbits sometimes nibble it. This plant was selected by Lloyd and Candy Traven of Peace Tree Farms of Kintnersville Pennsylvania in 2012 who noted this sport (whole plant mutation) growing in a crop of Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso' at their nursery. It received US Plant Patent PP24,193 in January 2014 using the cultivar name 'Niko' after one of their customers, Niko Christou. It was selected for its compact and rounded habit, winter hardiness and disease resistance (particularly to the fungus Pythium sp.) and has since shown good tolerance to extreme heat and humidity. It was featured in the March/April 2014 issue of 
Fine Gardening Magazine, and Better Homes & Gardens named it a "Must Grow Perennial" for 2013. Like other Lavandin, it should prove great in the garden and useful for fresh sachets, dried for potpourri and the edible flowers for salads or cooking. We also grow the other Lavandin cultivars Lavandula x intermedia 'Alba''Grosso' and 'Provence'.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Lavandula Phenomenal [Niko'] PP24,193.

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