Lavender Fathead is a variety of Lavender Stoechas, the French or Spanish Lavender. These Lavender plants all have more showy and unique flower heads with bracts or ‘ears’ on top. Not only do they make stunning garden plants, the flowers emerge significantly earlier that the traditional English varieties sometimes as early as late April. If the Lavender plants are kept deadheaded, they will usually continue to flower through until September.
Lavender Fathead plants look great as solitary specimens or in small groups in a sunny, well drained flower bed. They are also great in containers on a sunny terrace where their sweet honey-like scent can be appreciated or they could be clipped to border a sunny path or flower bed (although we do have a page of the most popular varieties used as Lavender Hedging Plants).
These lovely plants aren’t quite as hardy as their Angustifolia and Intermedia cousins, but they will certainly take -5C and probably more. The most important thing with these and all lavender plants is to plant in well-drained soil (they hail from the Mediterranean regions), few lavenders are killed by frost, but many are lost because of wet boggy soil.
The intriguing flowers of Lavender Fathead are edible and sweet to the taste, what a wonderful addition to salads and desserts if you can bear to pick them!
How to grow Lavender Fathead Plants
Position: Full sun.
Foliage: Evergreen, leaves are retained all year.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Late Spring onwards, sometimes intermittently until Autumn, especially if deadheaded.
Growth rate: moderate
Ultimate height and spread: 40cm high x 40cm wide.
Hardiness: Fully hardy.
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and for the first season. Remove spent flower heads immediately after flowering.