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Phenomenal Lavender

Lavandula x intermedia 'Phenomenal'

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Phenomenal Lavender foliage

Phenomenal Lavender foliage

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Plant Height:  26 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spread:  26 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  English Lavender, Lavandin

Description:

Striking bluish-purple blooms covering slightly taller stems sets this very hardy cultivar apart; striking silvery foliage is beautifully fragrant; used for sachets and perfumes, oils and backing. Must have a well drained site.

Edible Qualities

Phenomenal Lavender is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces which are harvested from early to late summer. The have a pleasant taste and a pleasant fragrance.

The are most often used in the following ways:

  • Baking
  • Drying
  • Tea

Features & Attributes

Phenomenal Lavender has masses of beautiful spikes of fragrant purple flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from mid to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant needle-like leaves are silver in color. The foliage often turns coppery-bronze in fall.

This is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial herb with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Phenomenal Lavender is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Phenomenal Lavender will grow to be about 26 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 26 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.

This plant is typically grown in a designated herb garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Phenomenal Lavender is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Edging  Garden  Herb  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features