Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:59 pm
Lavender is a popular flowering plant for cultivation in the garden and in pots. In total, there are about between 25 to 30 different species that reach quite different heights.
Low and high growing varieties – an overview.
Botanically, lavender belongs to the semi-shrubs and not, as often assumed, to the perennials. On average, the different varieties can grow between 30 to 60 centimeters tall, with some species remaining lower and others growing taller. In the overview below you can see what height the different lavenders reach.
Low growing lavender
In general, many varieties of crested lavender, also known as butterfly lavender, are quite low-growing. On average, these reach between 40 and 60 centimeters in height. In contrast, the following varieties of true lavender, Latin Lavandula angustifolia, sometimes called dwarf lavender, remain particularly small:
- ‘Dwarf Blue’ (height between 20 to 30 centimeters, blue flowering).
- ‘Peter Pan’ (between 25 and 35 centimeters tall, purple flowering)
- ‘Blue Scent’ (between 25 to 40 centimeters tall, blue flowers)
- ‘Munstead’ (between 30 and 50 centimeters high, dark blue flowering)
Lavender with a medium height
In particular, many varieties of true lavender reach a medium height between about 40 to 60 centimeters, including the following popular species:
- ‘Hidecote’ (height between 40 to 50 centimeters, dark purple flowering).
- ‘Miss Katherine’ (between 50 and 60 centimeters high, pink flowering).
Also, some varieties of lavandin grow only between 50-60 centimeters high:
- Grappenhall (dark blue flowers)
- Edelweiss (white flowering)
High-growing lavender varieties
High-growing lavender varieties reach heights between 60 centimeters and up to one meter. Speiklavender in particular, as well as some varieties of Provence lavender, can grow very tall. Speiklavender reaches average heights between 80 to 100 centimeters.
- ‘Imperial Gem’ (Lavandula angustifolia, between 70 to 80 centimeters, dark purple flowers).
- ‘Grosso’ (Lavandula intermedia, between 60 and 70 centimeters, purple flowers).
- ‘Hidecote Giant’ (Lavandula intermedia, between 60 and 70 centimeters, light purple flowers).
However, how tall your lavender actually grows depends less on the specific variety and more on site conditions as well as care. The more comfortable your lavender is, the more lush it will grow and bloom.
Tips & Tricks
Lavender naturally grows upward. However, when it reaches a certain height, its own weight causes it to lie on its side – it “hangs” . Not least because of this, you should regularly prune the plants.