Lavender Hybrids known as Lavandins or Lavandula x intermedias
Can you tell me if this plant is considered drought tolerant.
Also in the Okanagan what nursery you could purchase these plants from?
I've never come across this type of hybrid before, but it sounds very exciting.
Most lavender is classed as drought tolerant, with a few important things to note; they do require adequate moisture when getting established, and absolutely must have good drainage around the crown of the plant. They also can't be pruned back to old wood with any guarantee of producing new growth from the older growth. Light trimming after blooming has finished is the best way to prune these plants.
I know a while ago there was a lot of interest in lavender, especially growing it to harvest and process the essential oil, used in the perfume industry and also renowned as a moth repellent, evocative room freshener, and also in aromatherapy as a relaxing scent. Johnsons (the famous baby product giant) got on the bandwagon early and is selling bath products specifically for babies so they can relax and sleep peacefully - every parent's wish come true!
For finding these to purchase, I know there are a couple of really great lavender farms who may sell these plants, but you may have to order them mail order from a grower. This site has some great information about these fascinating and highly scented plants: Island Lavender and as they grow many different kinds, they might be able to help with purchasing. In fact, looking at the home page, they've actually discontinued growing their lavender, but are giving a way to find plants in Naramata.
Best of luck with your search!
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