Phenomenal Lavender

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Description

Attractive and aromatic! Provides interest for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds while resisting deer. Fragrant flowers and foliage bring appeal to fresh and dried flower arrangements. Also an excellent choice for making your own lavender oil. This perennial plant comes back each spring with winter protection (like mulch). Use as a border plant or in mass plantings like meadow gardens. Even grows well in containers! Disease-resistant to common root and foliar issues. Heat-tolerant. Blooms emerge starting in late May/early June. May be covered by USPP #24,193 or other patents. (Lavandula × intermedia; Niko cv.)

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Characteristics

Bloom Color Blue, Purple
Ripens/Harvest Late May To Early June
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy, Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.8 - 6.2
Taste Aromatic
Years to Bear 1
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 24 - 32" tall x 24 - 32" wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 2' 6" - 3' 4" apart to ensure room for growth.

Pollination

Pollination is not required for this variety.

This variety does not require pollination to produce a harvestable crop.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I love lavender and this will make a great addition to my garden.
KIMBERLY G on Apr 27, 2021
Smells wonderful
Darlin C on Mar 23, 2021
I love lavender and this will make a great addition to my garden.
KIMBERLY G on Apr 27, 2021
I love the smell of lavender and have not been able to grow a plant that would survive. Sincw this is supposed to be for the climate I am in I am very hopeful this time.
Kate H on Mar 27, 2021
Smells wonderful
Darlin C on Mar 23, 2021
Wife loves Lavander
DAVID S on Mar 19, 2021
For honey bees
Jeffrey R on Mar 18, 2021
made monetary sense
Allison L on Mar 6, 2021
got this last year and it did well until some fungus or other plant disease killed it. trying again in a container , because it was super fragrant and pretty.
David R on Feb 17, 2021
I like lavender. Two of my plants did not survive last winter. This plant looked promising for my climate and soil.
SUSAN M on Dec 29, 2020
Hopefully this lavender will survive our Missouri winters
Regan T on Sep 30, 2019
Who doesn't absolutely Love Lavender?
Angela R on Jul 16, 2019
Read information on how hardy and durable plant is, I have bought other Lavenders and they don't last very long. Hoping this one will.
Marie K on Jun 6, 2019
We wanted a plant that we could feed the hummingbirds butterflies and bees
Steven K on May 24, 2019
Phenomenal is a French/English hybrid (Niko) that is hardy in cooler zones.
Roy on May 24, 2019
Living in Deep South with high temps and humidity, this is only lavender that is supposed to tolerate it.
Deborah U on May 7, 2019
For a border plant along the back of my house.
Selena A on Apr 12, 2019
I'm hoping this one will be resistant to my inability to keep lavender alive.
Marcel S on Mar 31, 2019
I want to plant this in my front garden. If it grows well, I will get more for the side and the back gardens.
Elizabeth H on Mar 31, 2019
Smell and ground cover
Karen K on Mar 13, 2019
It is supposed to do well in my zone unlike most lavender.
Francisco G on Feb 15, 2019
The only lavender that will grow in our area that I am aware of.
lisa b on Oct 22, 2018
Easy to grow, very hardy and good reviews
Christine P on May 9, 2018
Lavender is our daughter???s favorite.
Ann H on May 3, 2018
love the relaxing aroma so started adding lavender plants around the garden to attract pollinators
Willard K on Mar 7, 2018
I'm getting some bees this spring and read this is a good plant for them.
Christiana I on Feb 28, 2018
I love the smell
CATHERINE on Dec 21, 2017
Colorful, scent and we recently began bee hives.
James W on May 25, 2017
Because its a natural bug repellent
Melissa C on Mar 24, 2017
I enjoy the smell and look of lavender. Lavender grows well and it makes a beautiful border. Dried lavender does help one sleep.
MARSHA G on Sep 26, 2016
I chose it be cause of its mosquito repellent quality, plant purple color, and the future size of the plant.
George B on Aug 20, 2016
Is lavender not phenomenal enough? Who could resist something called "Phenomenal Lavender" that actually might survive in my northern zone???
Susan R on Jun 12, 2016
We put these all across the back of our house (afternoon sun in 8A), to provide food for honeybees.
MIKE F on Jun 1, 2016
I needed a flowering plant that would do well in a very sunny warm location.
Holly N on May 25, 2016
We have bee hives. We are beekeepers.
GAYLE P on Apr 22, 2016
I have always wanted to grow lavender and have never been able to get a good plant I am hoping this will be good
Angel J on Apr 1, 2016
I saw this lavender at Biltmore Gardens last fall and love lavender so decided to order.
Helen O on Mar 31, 2016
I enjoy the aroma and other benefits
Rhina H on Mar 20, 2016
I keep bees and try to plant pollinator friendly plants.
Toni L on Mar 19, 2016
Like smell and will act as border between us and neighbors
Ivan V on Mar 16, 2016
Love the fragrance.
Susan C on Mar 15, 2016
Per Stark Bros recommendation to use as a border plant.
ken a on Mar 8, 2016
Supposed to be better for the south
Kathie k on Mar 1, 2016
Love the smell and want more butterflies
Lacey T on Feb 21, 2016
lavender does really well in el paso i planted some last year I want to plant more as a border around my yard
justin w on Feb 21, 2016
Replacing a lavender border and this seems like it will fill in rapidly
Roger K on Feb 20, 2016
I love the smell of lavender and have not been able to grow a plant that would survive. Sincw this is supposed to be for the climate I am in I am very hopeful this time.
Kate H on Mar 27, 2021
Wife loves Lavander
DAVID S on Mar 19, 2021
Is your lavender culinary?
Cindy on Feb 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While it's primarily included in flower arrangements, sachets and essential oil, Phenomenal Lavender can also be used as a culinary herb/ingredient.
Will this lavender get woody, or does it die down to the ground like rubeckia or echinacea?
bluestocking64 on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 'Phenomenal' is a hardy variety that is not known for dieback like other types of lavender. It benefits from pruning to maintain a bushy appearance so that it doesn't become woody and sparse. You can lightly harvest a few mature stems of lavender as soon as it blooms, so you can enjoy the scent of the foliage and flowers and also encourage the plants to grow densely and continue to bloom.
Our average last frost date is April 15th, should I plant lavender before then and cover if frost is expected?
Marcia A on Mar 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would do exactly this, yes. As long as your ground is thawed and your soil is workable, you can plant. If your area is expecting any late-spring frost zaps, then frost sheets/covers will help protect any tender new growth that may have developed.
How should I prepare this variety for winter? Should I cut them down to the ground and then cover them with mulch?
Roland H on Nov 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They do not need to be cut back to the ground, but you may want to prune any flower stems back so that the plant is at its natural, rounded shrub form. You should surround the root zone of the plants with straw or mulch for insulation if you are in an area with potentially harsh winters.
Will this grow in Florida ?
Phil F on Dec 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! Florida hardiness zones range from 8b to 10b, and Phenomenal Lavender is suitable for Zones 5-9, so it depends upon where you live in Florida. If you enter your ZIP code at the following link, you can find out what your exact zone is: //www.starkbros.com/zone-finder
can it grow indoors?
erna m on Apr 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It's not meant to be grown indoors; it requires a great deal of sun and prefers dry soil. Neither of these conditions is really possible in an indoor environment. It can certainly be grown in containers outdoors, but it needs a dormant period to complete the flowering cycle.
Will it bloom all summer long?
Erin G on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The majority of the flowers bloom in late spring and early summer, and a few more (occasionally) appear through the remainder of the summer season.
Will this grow in Indiana clay soil?
JujuChop on Dec 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I wouldn???t think so, unless you mean you???re going to amend the soil at the
spot where you plant, I remove some of the clay and add sand or small gravel with some compost and soil. Our Phenomenal Lavender did great for a few years here in central Indiana and then for some reason failed.
Should these be planted in the fall or in the spring?
Beverly T on Oct 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I live in a 7a region and planted ten on a west and southwest facing side in the early spring. Despite our secondary water not being turned on yet, the soil being shallow and full of rock and clay, they survived and easily doubled by the end of the summer. That said, personally I feel that as long as it isn???t too try of a winter, it is generally best to plant in the fall.
What do you mean by ???it provides interest to bees, butterflies, hummingbirds???. Does it provide nectar or pollen for them or just lure them with color?
Ejana on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Ellen,

I have several varieties of lavender on the walkway to my front door. I rarely had honey bee's on it until I planted 6 Phenomenal Lavender plants between those plants and the steps. My bee's loved it last year and the lavender flavor in the honey was very apparent. So yes it does produce useable substances for the bee's.

Last spring I moved my bee's to a family farm but had honey bee's on the lavender all summer again. I don't know where they came from but loved having them around. I hope this helps answer your question.

Karen
Is lavender deer resistant?
George E on Oct 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No plant is deer-PROOF, but deer do not like anything with a pronounced scent, and that includes lavender.
When do you plant?
Muckie on Oct 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I planted this lavender in the spring here in Denver. But you can rely on the horticulturalist at stark to send it you you at the right time for your locale. BTW, this variety produced the best blooms. I???m still riding around in my truck with a bundle on my dashboard!
Are there different lavender breeds, that bloom entire summer? Thank
Wizard on Feb 11, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Typically no if you want to have blooms all summer you need to plant several different kinds that bloom sequentially. However the Josee Reblooming lilac Blooms in late spring and, if moisture is adequate, continues to flower intermittently until frost.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Hi there. I just moved to a Zone 10A home and wanted to ask if this lavender would still survive given its hardiness range of 5-9. I am new to gardening so I apologize for the elementary question. I need lavender to help border my fence to keep deer and ticks away. Could this work? Thank you!
MelMah on Jan 3, 2021
BEST ANSWER: The USDA determines what zone the plants and trees are hardy to. It may grow there but we can not guarantee this. I suggest reaching out to you local extension office and they can recommend what is suited for your growing zone and which varieties will thrive there in your climate.
What variety is your lavender?
MaryV W on Dec 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Other than this information what else are you looking for? The Genus is Lavandula and the Cultivar Phenomenal.
When would be the time to plant here in zone 8? I have tryed three different times and types. They always die from the heat here
Mamag on Oct 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend late spring once we have some heat. The plants will need to be water regularly when they are young, but by far the most important thing is good drainage. They will need water while young but they will not survive if they stay wet. After the first month or so, I never water them again. If the soil is very compact or has high clay content, then it will need to be amended. Hope this helps.
does this plant repel mosquitos?
Lessie m on Jun 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it does. Mosquitoes dislike the scent and will avoid it.
Can I plant this plant in a 5gal plastic bucket?
Jim N on May 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I think so but make sure you mix the soil with a good bit of sand.
Will this grow well in chicago area?
George on Apr 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is recommended for your growing zone. Lavender does not like moist soil - if you let it dry out between waterings and let it live on the dry side in full sun, it will thrive.
Is this an English or French lavender?
Dianne C on Aug 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It is a French hybrid.
Hi, I live in a 7b zone (Atlanta, Ga. area) the soil tends to be a red clay. During the HOT summer months and as of the last few years of drought; what type and instructions would you have for me to be successful for growing Lavender?
N C on Apr 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Amend your soil with organic matter - coco fiber bricks are great - to loosen up that clay. Lavender is pretty heat- and drought-tolerant. If you're interested, here is a link to the coco fiber bricks. They have done wonders with the clay-ey garden soil in my home garden. //www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/soil-additives/coco-fiber-planting-medium
I would love to plant them around in my back yard that has full sun. Will the lavender be able to with stand a full hot sun?
Barbara B on Mar 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Lavender actually LOVES hot sun! Just keep it watered, but it is a even little drought-tolerant. It's a tough but beautiful plant!
Can I plant phenomenal lavender in a rock garden?
Carla P on May 7, 2020

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Phenomenal Lavender is Phenomenal
I purchased 10 plants to place in a test plot for hopefully a future lavender field. The plants arrived in good condition and about 3 inches in diameter with no less than 5 branches per plant. I planted them in a 6 inch raised bed row 3' apart from each other in a location that is is full day sunlight. By the end of the 2016 growing season, the plants were about 20 inches in diameter and perfectly shaped. I pruned them in October although they really didn't need much pruning. This variety weathered Pennsylvania winters extremely well and looked great in the following spring. This is one of the downfalls of other lavender varieties like Munstead, Hidcote and even Grosso to a certain extent. They are now over 28 inches in diameter and LOADED with flower spikes. I can't wait until they open! The only downside to this variety is that it is patent protected and cannot be propagated from cuttings so if you want to add to your field, you have to buy new plants. If you are looking for specimen lavender that is extremely hardy and resistant to the typical lavender growing problems(root root and fungus), then Phenomenal is exactly what you need!
June 15, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Lavender review--- it's Phenomenal!
I was never able to grow decent lavender until I tried this. It is rightly named. It's phenomenal, despite the clay soil and Carolina humidity.
May 16, 2017
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Phenomenal Lavender
Planted mine this spring and didn't lose any. They have grown a little, but no flowers this year. I have them planted where they get afternoon sun and also excellent drainage. I expect good things next year.
July 17, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Hardy Lavender
Very pleased with this lavender - we planted them last year and they have doubled in size already. The Pennsylvania winter didn't hurt the plants. Looking forward to them growing more this second year.
May 3, 2017
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Phenomenal Lavender
The two Phenomenal Lavender plants that I bought from you are huge and flowering! I'm very happy with them, and the fact that they don't require a lot of care. Thanks for such awesome plants!
Rene'
July 13, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Love this plant...
I love the phenomenal lavender. It's a beautiful plant and it adds a nice accent to my landscape. So far I've purchased over 30 of these plants for the side scape around my pool/backyard and the ones that I purchased in May and October last year are already blooming with multiple flowers.
May 30, 2017
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Great plant.
We thought it was kind of small for the price at first, but after a year of growth, it has quadrupled in size and is getting ready to bloom all over. It tolerated our SC winter with no special mulch or protection and turned out to be a great addition to our back garden.
May 18, 2017
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Beautiful!
The phenomenal lavender is true to its name! It's evergreen in zone 7b, and I am surprised by how quickly it has grown. I had gotten a different variety of lavender elsewhere first, and I wish I could replace them with this type. Beautiful and smells great -- not overpowering, but if you'll smell like lavender if you run your hand through it.
May 3, 2017
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Great fragrance
I've been buying from Stark Bros off and on for 40 years. They have quality products and great service. I would not buy from anyone else. Joe
June 7, 2018
Purchased
over 4 years ago
This plant is doing well and is staring its second season producing a fragrant scent with blue flowers. It has grown to be about a foot high and has gone from a stem into a bush occupying about a square foot of space.
May 6, 2018
Purchased
over 4 years ago