- botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia (cultivar ‘Ellagance Purple’)
- perennial, winter hardy zones 5-7
- height 12-18″
- spacing 6-8″ apart
- full sun tolerant, partial shade
- average-fertile, well-drained soil
- flower color purple
- uses in garden: great in containers, cut flower, dried flower, drought tolerant, fragrant
- use in sweet treats, lavender ice cream, potpourri, sachets
- attracts bees and butterflies
- deer resistant, leaves help repel mosquitoes
*Please note: We accept plant orders at any time of the year and if you prefer to place an order outside our regular shipping months of April-May, ordering is still easy. “Why we only ship in April and May”
Due to the nature of shipping live plants, when you place an order, we will simply hold your order and ship it at the proper time for your zone, when weather permits in April 2013. Seed packets are shipped year round through USPS.
For more information see our “Ordering and Shipping Policy.”
Ellagance Lavender, also known as Ellagance Purple, is an excellent alternative to vegetative varieties. It flowers the first year on large, dense spikes. Plants are bushy and well-branched. Ellagance Purple has more flowers and fuller, larger plants than Lavender Lady. Find great Lavender recipes here!
Having a hard time deciding which variety is right for you? View a summary of all the Lavender varieties together.
Due to its long germination time, lavender is not often started from seed. Instead, the recommended method is to take cuttings in the summer, from the side shoots of the plants. Each cutting should be between two to three inches long. Place the cuttings in moist, sandy soil four to six inches apart. You can also start them in plug trays or in pots. Keep the soil moist – but not wet, to help encourage root growth. Transplant outside when plants are well established.
Well-dried flowers will retain their scent for a long time if dried and stored properly. Harvest leaves and/or flowers just before the flowers are open fully. Cut the stems in the morning after the dew has evaporated and the humidity is low. Hang in bunches in a dry, airy location – or use drying racks or screens when the temperature is high (90 degrees or above is ideal). When completely dry, strip flower heads off stems to use in sachets or potpourri. Store in airtight container. To use in flower arrangements leave stems intact. When stems are still pliable they may be woven together to make wreaths or lavender wands.