Lavandula multifida 'Spanish Eyes' is a perennial subshrub or shrub native to the Mediterranean region. The compact plants will reach 2 feet (60 cm) tall in containers or in the landscape. The grey-green tomentose, pinnately to 2-pinnately dissected leaves reach about 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long. Leaves, when crushed, have the aroma of oregano. They are very easy to grow whether in containers or in the landscape. Plants are hardy in USDA zone 8-11 and in all other zones it should be treated as an annual.
Blooming: In the greenhouse, Lavandula multifida will bloom in 8-10 weeks from planting. The plants will bloom all season long with small blue-violet flowers in 6-20 inch (15-50 cm) tall spikes. They are very showy.
Culture: Lavandula multifida needs full sun to very light shade with a well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts coarse sand to 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam. The plants are well watered and allowed to dry before watering again. We fertilize the plants only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to one-half the strength recommended on the label. During winter months, water is restricted and should be used sparingly. Too much water during the winter months leads to overall decline in the plant's health.
Propagation: Lavandula multifida is propagated by cuttings, divisions and from seed.
Lavandula multifida was featured as Plant of the Week October 20-26, 2006.
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