Lamiaceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: This is a major honey plant, producing abundant Nectar for Honeybees, but also short-tongued and long-tongued Bumblebees and Solitary bees, even in the UK where this can be grown field-scale (though this applies to the species – see Lavandula angustifolia – which is larger). The flowers are pollinated by Bees and Butterflies.
Flowering time: June, July, August.
Growing information: EVERGREEN SHRUB (dwarf variety) growing to 0.6m (2ft) by 0.6m (2ft). A compact cultivar with deep blue flowers, which, like the species, prefers well-drained light or chalky soil in full sun. Hardy to minus 28ºC. Producing abundant, blue, sweetly aromatic flowers. Its essential oil may assist bees in ridding themselves of varroa mites (though it doesn’t appear to kill them, they seem weakened by it). For planting a hedge (which attracts bees in droves), we recommend a planting distance of 12-18inches (30-46cm). It is noted for attracting wildlife.