Lavender White or Lavandula Angustifolia Edelweiss is one of a variety of anglicized lavenders which although originating in the Mediterranean will survive quite happily in our more northerly climate.
The word Lavandula comes from the Latin word lavare meaning to wash indicating that lavenders were used extensively in Roman and Greek baths being one of their favourite perfumes, even the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen had a vase of lavender buried with him in his tomb. The perfume of the flowers in not the only asset of course there is also the extraction of essential oils for therapeutic and medicinal purposes. Lavender is also used as an infusion for culinary purposes such as sorbets and ice creams. The grey-green foliage of Lavender White sits well with the pink buds of the flowers which open to a very attractive white rather than one of the usual shades of pink/purple/blue.
The white flowers of Lavender Edelweiss are a bonus if the planting scheme does not include other lavender shades and still gives off the same heady perfume along the garden paths and flowerbeds with the bees and butterflies hovering around gathering nectar. Lavenders much prefer drier well drained soils in a sunny position coming originally from the heat of the Mediterranean and this bushy compact variety will produce a healthy strong plant growing up to 60cm with the flowers in bloom from June through to September.
We supply Lavender White as a pot grown plant so it will be available throughout the year for planting as necessary. As Lavenders tend to like warmer temperatures it is best to avoid really cold days when planting in order that they settle in with few problems. For planting as a hedge or edge we recommend 3-5 plants per metre to give a good result.