Lavandula angustifolia ‘Platinum Blonde’™ PPAF
2013 Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Nominee
Lavandula angustifolia Mill. is the correct and accepted scientific name for English Lavender. It was named and described by Philip Miller in Gardener’s Dictionary, 8th edition, in 1768. This species includes two subspecies.
The genus Lavandula was named and first described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753. Plants of the World Online lists 47 accepted species including 8 infraspecific names (hybrids).
I bought this Lavandula angustifolia ‘Platinum Blonde’™ PPAF from Lowe’s on June 1, 2014. I planted it in the bed on the north side of the house where it did very well for a while. I also had bought a few unnamed Coleus I had bought from a local greenhouse that grew much larger than I expected. I had other distractions that summer and the next thing I knew the Coleus completely overtook the Lavender and it almost died. Unfortunately, it didn’t return the next spring and I haven’t seen any of these plants for sale locally since.
Lavandula angustifolia is an English Lavender and ‘Platinum Blonde’ is a variegated cultivar with broader leaves. It was developed in Spain by Juan Ismael Momparler Albors and introduced in 2013 as Lavendula angustifolia ‘Momparler’.
They grow 16-24″ tall with an 18″ spread. They need to be planted in well-draining soil where they will receive full sun to part shade. They are drought tolerant once they get established and seem to prefer it a little on the dry side. They are cold hardy in USDA Zones 6-9 (-10 to 20° F).
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