Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas or French Lavender is a dwarf aromatic shrub. It is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants and is also known as Butterfly Lavender and Spanish Lavender. It is native to the Western Mediterranean region. It has green-gray leaves. The flower heads of tiny blackish-purple topped by a tuft of purple sterile bracts. Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas flowers appear from Spring to Autumn. Grow it in the garden but as attractive in containers.
Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas grows to about 1m or 3ft. It is usually grown for its aromatic leaves which are used in potpourri and essential oils. However, in the garden, the flowers are very attractive to humans as well as butterflies and bees. It has a rather long blooming season and also starts early.
Plant Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas in full sun in dry to medium, well-drained soil. Propagate Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. Watch out for leaf beetle, grey mould and cuckoo spit. It is drought-resistant, tolerates dry soils. Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas is also deer and rabbit-tolerant. Prune it back after the flowering season to keep it compact and bushy.