Lavender, Bridget Chloe
Lavender, 'Bridget Chloe'
Lavendula x intermedia "Provence"
The Mediterranean and the Middle East
Dry to medium
Well drained - gravelly soil
30" - needs good air circulation
4" Pots: $2.20
6" Pots: $3.50
Clay pots and other planters: Prices vary
Grayish green leaves with long spikes of purple-blue flowers and a rounded habit. The parentage of Bridget Chloe is Lavender x intermedia "Provence" (lavender grown in Provence, France). It is highly fragrant (spicy, sweet, fresh, floral), maintains its flower color once dried, can withstand heat (100.4 degrees and higher) and humidity. It was patented in 2002.
Keeping it Going
It can be cut back in the Spring to new growth to maintain its shape. Do not cut into the woody part of the plant
Shape plant by pruning after flowering
Established lavender only needs fertilization 1-2x per year. Feed with a small amount of slow release fertilizer 1x in the spring and 1x in the fall (not always needed in the fall)
Never fertilize before cold weather
Needs good air circulation
Poor air circulation
Complete lack of water
Cutting into the woody part of the stem
Points of Interest
Originally from the Mediterranean region and the Middle East
Romans scented their bath water with lavender. The word, lavender, comes from Latin, lavare, which means to wash.
Charles VI of France filled seat cushions with lavender, both for its fragrance and to deter insects.
Uses: Medicinal, Culinary, Cosmetic, and Aromatic
Parts used: Flowers - fresh or dried and its essential oil
Medicinal: Has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is also an insecticide (moths and other insects). Its scent assists in alleviating headaches.
Culinary: Flowers are used to flavor sugar and are mixed with other herbs and added to soups, meat and fish dishes, etc.
Cosmetic: Lavender oil is widely used in the cosmetic industry. Fresh flowers make a fragrant hair rinse, can be used to scent bath water, etc.
Aromatic: used in scented sachets for dresser drawers and under a pillows.