Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’
PINK ENGLISH LAVENDER
Delightful soft pink spikes on this rosy form of the true English Lavender.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ has the same blissful intensity of fragrance as the normal English lavender.
And the same silvery-grey foliage, which looks so fetching combined with the soft pink flower spikes.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ makes an equally excellent plant for low informal hedging, or featuring as a fragrant garden highlight.
Few of us could ever be without the perfume pleasure of sniffing English Lavender.
You just can’t resist the temptation to pick some flowers or foliage every time you pass, rub it in your hands, and drink in the scent. (The plant won’t mind – they love being trimmed).
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Rosea’ grows to approx. 45 to 60cm tall, making it perfect for low garden hedges, trimming into decorative balls, or featuring in a pot.
It is also useful in the kitchen for cooking, potpourri, and in vases of cut flowers.
It flowers around mid-summer, with a rich sweet scent highly attractive to bees as well as to us gardeners.
Pink English Lavender relishes a position in Full Sun, where it can really ripen its flowers and intensify the essential oils.
It will tolerate acid soil, but really thrives in alkaline soils.
So make sure you treat it with a handful of lime twice a year.
And it will hate you if you plant it in a heavy or waterlogged spot.
Lavandula angustifolia is a very water-wise choice for gardeners with limited water.
It is drought resistant, and toughly heat and frost hardy.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Sow winter to late spring or sow in late summer to autumn.
INDOORS: Sow in punnets on the surface of a well-drained, seed raising mix.
First – gently rub seeds briefly between sheets of fine sandpaper to allow moisture to more easily penetrate the hard seed surface.
Then sow seed on the surface of good quality seed raising mix. Press gently. Barely cover with mix as the seeds need light to germinate.
Keep punnet moist in warm, well-lit place.
Temperatures of 18- 20°C approx. are optimum for fast germination.
Seedlings emerge in 21-30 days.
If the seeds are shy to break dormancy – then cling-wrap punnet and place in the fridge (not freezer) for 3 weeks.
Then remove from fridge, unwrap punnet & return to warm, well-lit place. Keep moist.
SEED COUNT: 50 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).