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Lavender (French)

Lavandula stoechas, French Lavender, Spanish Lavender

Hardy Shrub

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Flaring petals from compact bracts crown slender stems. Very attractive bushes of aromatic grey/green foliage. Favoured by citizens of the Roman Empire for fragrance. Easy to grow and trouble free.

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Ideal For:
hedges, cottage gardens, scented gardens, wildlife gardens, cut flower garden
Flowering Period:
May, June, July, August
Sowing Months:
February, March, April, May, June, September, October
full sun
    • 1 packet (50 lavender seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 24 hours
    • £0.99
Sow in trays, pots, etc of good seed compost in a propagator or warm place to maintain an optimum temperature of 60-65F (15-18C). Sow in well drained compost, just covering the seed with compost. Sow at any time of year. Germination can be slow. After sowing, seal container in a polythene bag and leave at 60-65F (15-18C) for 2 weeks, then place in a refrigerator (not freezer) for 3-6 weeks. After this return to the recommended germination temperature. If germination does not occur in 6-10 weeks return to the fridge for a further 3-6 weeks. Examine regularly whilst in the fridge and remove immediately the seeds show signs of germinating.

Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Grow on in a cold frame and plant out the following spring. Space the plants 30cm (12in) apart in full sun.

Prefers a well drained soil.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above.

Despatch: Within 24 hours applies to orders placed online from Sunday to Thursday. Orders placed online on Friday or Saturday will be despatched on Monday. Please note that for Bank Holiday weekends, orders placed Friday to Sunday will be despatched on Tuesday.

Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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  1. Very Easy!

    By Zulfiqar Ilahi 27-08-2014

    I too was surprised at how easy these seeds were to germinate. I always wanted to grow this variety from seed but thought it would be difficult. I put my seed into the fridge after sowing for four weeks. Three germinated within two weeks and 11 seedlings emerged 12 weeks later! The first three plants are already quite busy. The rest I potted up into bigger pots today. I will over winter them in the greenhouse before planting them out. To be on the safe side I always take cuttings of this variety of lavender and overwinter them in the greenhouse. Have patience with these seeds and you will be rewarded!


    Thank you for your review. I hope we can continue to be of service.

  2. French Lavender

    By Marilyn Hadley 18-06-2011

    I bought French Lavender seeds, 50 in a pack. All my friends had bought French Lavender plants, but they were quite expensive. So I thought I would have a try with the seeds. It stated on the packet seeds could be slow to germinate, between 1 - 5 months and if germination did not occur in the given time, place in fridge. All 50 of my seeds germinated within 1 week and they are happily growing up. It looks like I am going to have 50 French Lavender Plants for under £3.00. What a bargain that was.

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