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Lavender, Provence Blue

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Dazzling and unique.

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Silvery leaves grace tightly branched plants, topped with traditional blue spikes and make compact Provence Blue unique. Loves hot weather and is easy to grow.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-20 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-20 inches

Additional Uses Additional ways in which the product may be used in the garden.

Container Plant, Easy Care, Eco-Friendly, Low Maintenance

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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Lavender may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost, or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow lavender seeds indoors 6-10 weeks before the last frost in spring using a seed starting kit.
  • Sow seeds ¼ inches deep in seed-starting formula in a south facing window or under grow lights until seedlings emerge.
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-80 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-28 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with rich, well drained, moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
  • Set the plants 12 inches apart.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For herbs, an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Lavender leaves and flowers are valued for their fragrance. Use them fresh or dried to make a soothing tea; add dried parts to potpourris.
  • Harvest when the flower color is the most brilliant and the scent is the strongest. Harvest in the morning when the plant is dry. Cut at the base of the flower stem just above the leaves. Gather stems into a bunch and rubber band together and hand upside down in a warm dry location out of direct sunlight. Allow to dry for 2-4 weeks.
  • Either keep the flowers whole or brush the flowers off to make sachets.
Full Sun
Life Cycle
18-20 inches
18-20 inches
Additional Uses
Container Plant, Easy Care, Eco-Friendly, Low Maintenance
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Lavender, Provence Blue is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Worthy Survivor! I started this from seeds outside using the winter-sowing method in a milk jug. I got fair germination and I currently have 4 little plants in 4" clay pots. (I do not recommend plastic pots for Lavenders). We have had a very hot and dry summer. The humidity was horrible and we received little rainfall from mid-June through August. Our sun is extremely intense here. I had them sitting out in full sun on a wire patio table and they nearly cooked to death. In fact, I did lose a few. I moved them onto my south-facing covered porch and they are still hanging on. When it finally starts to cool down during the day (we are still in the 90's) I will put them back in full sun. Perhaps I will be brave and plant them out in their permanent location. I am going to try starting this again maybe in January/February. I believe that it was too hot already when I started them and that affected my germination rates. I have seen beautiful stands of Lavender here, so I know it can be done. This is a hard variety to find in seed, so I'm thrilled that Burpee offers it. Even though the little plants have not bloomed yet, they still have the sweet Lavender scent. As a caveat to those reading this review, I am about 100 miles from the Gulf of Mexico (Galveston). Texas is a very large state and although it is considered southwest, I consider my corner of Texas to be more southeast.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed I ordered several different seed packets from Burpee a few months ago. They all grew splendidly...EXCEPT for the lavender, which never even germinated.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not high quality plants I bought a dozen of these to put in a border, and I chose plants over seeds to ensure survival. Not worth the money. The plants that arrived had been cut back severely with some signs of rot/mildew and have not flourished. I have purchased an additional dozen from the local nursery at a fraction of the price and I am already harvesting off of those plants. Very disappointing.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Useless I purchased the pack of 50 seeds and planted them in seed trays. Out of the 50 only four even sprouted. Those got to about one inch tall and about the width of a piece of string before falling over dead. Fortunately they were only a few dollars so I'm not out much. I started seeds for zucchini at the same time and they took off like a rocket so I know it's not my setup.
Date published: 2016-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I LOVE lavender and know that they thrive in our area, so I was so excited to try them in my own garden. I followed the directions on the seed packet and sprouts appeared, but then died back suddenly. Hoping for better luck when the weather cools again.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too Difficult I've tried this plant twice b/c I love the scent. After careful planting, fertilization etc both plants died after about a month. (zone 5)
Date published: 2006-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving Lavender - Provence Blue Planted one plant in the spring,and wow all summer we had beautiful fragence and flowers.No special care just a beautiful plant.
Date published: 2006-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Survival solution for Lavender I live in Central Florida and have lost no fewer that 20 different Lavender varieties to too much rain, too much sun and no telling what else. I planted 6 Lace and two days later they were GONE all but little strings of the stems. They were enclosed with chicken wire to keep the curious squirrels away so I know they didn't end up somethings lunch. Almost like they just evaporated. I finally decided Florida was just to hot and humid to support Lavenders. I then decided to try one last time and then give up if these didn't make it. I started by making a soil mixture of a 'certain' Potting Mix, Potting Soil, Soiless planting mix and Perlite. I mixed them in equal porportions and made the mix into a 3" raised bed in partial early morning sun and mid afternoon shade. To date (3 weeks now!!) they are doing GREAT. The soil drains well, I water just enough to wet the soil around the stem when dry and even the hard afternoon FL showers seem to be benificial since they now drain quickly (8 hours or so to slightly moist). Hard rains bend the stems but by the next day they're back up and looking good. New shoots are appearing and the leaves are thick and juicy. No flowers as yet but it's a little soon. I'll keep you posted and my fingers (thumbs) crossed.
Date published: 2006-08-24
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