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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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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


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

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

18-20 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-20 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Spring, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Drought, Rabbit

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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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 good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • 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 germination. 
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For perennials, 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.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry. One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary.  Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Do not divide lavender, it is a small woody shrub rather than a spreading herbaceous perennial.
  • Prune out dead wood as needed.
  • Lavender may be grown in the herb garden, or perennial border, in containers, as a hedge.
  • Flowers and sprigs are perfect for dried arrangements, or used for culinary purposes and crafts.
Full Sun
18-20 inches
18-20 inches
Bloom Season
Spring, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Life Cycle
Lavender, Provence Blue is rated 2.3 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Burpee seeds did not sprout The first packet of seeds I received only had 7 seeds in it. I called customer service who promptly send a replacement packet. The new packet of seeds did not sprout after planting. Literally nothing happened.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from None germinated I tried several times...some with heat mats, some without, some in dark, some under grow lights...didn't get any of them to germinate. I normally get good results with Burpee seeds so guessing lavender just is hard to germinate (reminds me a bit of trying to grow rosemary from seed...frustrating!) I have a few left so will keep trying till they're gone, but no luck so far.
Date published: 2019-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely Lavender Four stars only because I haven't grown this from seed for years. Burpee is a great seed source, so I'm thinking that it is the lavender itself that's the trouble. It's an ancient, Mediterranean plant, and if you think about Greece, Italy, southern France, Spain (falling in love yet?), you'll get a good idea of their idea of perfect. Here in Oxnard, Ca, we have that Mediterranean climate, and the lavenders flourish with regular garden watering. I did have a very low germination rate, but back then, the seeds were cheaper. I could start 1000 seeds for a $1.95. That had to improve my odds. I doubt they'll ever actually develop a cultivar that likes to grows in very different climates. Maybe.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just nothing I started these seeds later last year (probably May) and I never saw a single sprout. I used the same method I used for my basil, cilantro, and other winners in my city garden last year, but not a single seed sprouted. I even varied the pots a bit (scattered in a clay pot, plastic nursery pots, and small porcilin cups with drainage holes) because I thought moisture might be an issue once I had plants. Just a complete failure. I’d really like my money back on this or another $5 seed variety that’s sure to sprout. I’m not in the hot and trepidation south so it’s just bizarre.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Purchased seeds will no luck I tried starting half the pack of seeds and did not have one germinate. Every other seed I purchased from burpee has 6” plants now in the same soil and greenhouse.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seeds didn't take I planted about 250 seeds which finally produced 8 little sprouts that promptly died. Frustrating. Not expensive, but time consuming with watching and waiting...
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Seeds did not germinate Packets did not come with any instructions ..... used internet instructions....not one seed produced even a hint of a plant.....Bas, Bad, Bad
Date published: 2017-07-16
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
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