Lavender, English ‘Munstead’
‘Munstead’ is a compact, early-flowering, semi-woody perennial that typically grows to 12-18” tall and as wide. Lavender blue flowers appear in terminal spikes in late spring well into summer. Square stems are clad with very narrow, opposite or whorled, green-gray leaves (to 2” long) that are evergreen in warm winter climates. Both foliage and flowers are highly aromatic. English lavender species plants have been mainstays of herb gardens for many years. Despite its common name, English lavender is not in fact native to England, but comes primarily from the Mediterranean region. It was reportedly named English lavender because of its ability to grow well in the English climate. Species plants of this lavender are commercially planted for the harvesting of its oils for use in perfumes. Lavender flowers and foliage are also popular additions to sachets and potpourris. English lavender varieties are more often used for culinary purposes than other types of lavender.
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Will grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained, alkaline soil, but prefers a light, sandy soil with somewhat low fertility.
Compact, bushy habit.
Narrow, silver-green, fragrant foliage.
Lavender-blue flowers bloom in summer.