Jean Davis English Lavender

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'Jean Davis' Lavender's unusual, soft pink flowers and approachable flavor in the kitchen set it apart from the crowd. The most-looked to English Lavender for culinary prepartions, its fruity and never-bitter taste lends the right quality to recipes. A sunny location with well-drained soil is all you need for this unique plant; try rock gardens, containers and perennial beds. Or, plant 'Jean Davis' with other lavenders to create a colorful drift of muted contrast. (Lavandula angustifolia)
Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size12-18" tall , 12-18" wide
Bloom TimeEarly to late summer
SizePlant - 2.5" Pot
SKUAM015163

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

12" tall x 18" wide. 'Jean Davis' Lavender is simply pretty in pink. Blooming in early summer, shear it lightly after flowering to encourage re-blooming. Try it as a low border, in a rock garden or in a mixed perennial bed with ornamental grasses and coneflowers. English lavender has a long history as a culinary herb and ‘Jean Davis’ is the queen of culinary lavender, making it a great addition to a herb garden. In high altitudes with strong sunlight plant in less sunny spaces to preserve color. Its’ a bee and butterfly magnet, deer and rabbits stay away. (Lavandula angustifolia)

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Success with Lavender:

Originating in the Mediterranean, lavender prefers hot sunny days, dry air, and non-enriched, well-drained soil. While that’s great news for those gardening in the West, nowadays lavender can also be successfully grown in higher-humidity areas of the East and Pacific Northwest very successfully by remembering its basic needs. Be sure to pick a variety that is matched to your area. Depending upon your location and your desired use, there are lavenders for almost any setting. Next, follow the four basic elements to ensure lavender success:

1. SUN Lavender loves sun. Plant them in a sunny location where there is plenty of air circulation. Six to eight hours of sun is best, but some afternoon shade is fine in the hotter climates of the Southwest.

2. AIR Good air circulation is essential, especially in areas of high humidity. Lavender is not fond of damp, still air, which makes it prone to root rot. In humid areas, plant them with ample spacing, keeping in mind the mature size of your plant when in bloom and allowing for a bit extra space for good circulation.

3. SOIL Well-drained soil. This is perhaps the most important factor in success with lavender. One rule of thumb from is that the soil should be loose enough to dig with your hands, and not cake-like. You can add sand or small gravel to recreate this consistency if your soil is too compact. In areas where drainage may be a problem, mound the soil up to create a raised row or stand-alone mound.

In humid areas especially, a 1-2” mulch of pea sized gravel or white sand will do two things – it will help improve drainage, and it will reflect heat and light back up into the plant. More heat = more fragrant blooms! If you use a weed barrier, make sure it is breathable so the soil can drain and the roots can breathe.

4. WATER During the first year of your lavender’s growth it needs to establish a good root system. It will require regular watering (unless you’re experiencing healthy rain fall). Starting in the second year, your lavender will need less water, as it becomes the water-thrifty plant you’re hoping for, but to get there it needs to grow deep roots in year one. By the end of year three it will have reached its mature size and shouldn’t need any extra water. If water is needed, water in the morning, and deeply, to help root growth. A mature lavender plant is happy with only 9-12 inches of rain per year, but remember, with the right variety and good drainage lavender can thrive with more water.

Learn How to Grow Lavender in Detail.

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SKUAM015163
Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Jean Davis English Lavender
Botanical Name
Lavandula angustifolia Jean Davis
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Pink
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
12-18" wide
Growth Rate
Slow
Bloom Time
Early to late summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Foliage
Gray-green foliage.
Evergreen
Yes
Soil Moisture
Dry
Tolerates
Dry Sites, Salt
Advantages
Evergreen
Edible?
Yes
Ideal Region
West
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Toxic to dogs, cats and horses.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
No
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