Lavandula 'Goodwin Creek Grey' (Lavender) - A handsome long-lived and vigorous plant that forms a compact shrub to 2 to 3 feet tall by just a bit wider. It has silvery-grey, toothed-edged leaves, similar to dentata, but larger and of a whiter gray color. The blooms are soft blue lavender in tight whorled spikes on short stems, appearing nearly year-round in mild climates - it is noted as one of the best for winter flowers and can even be grown in a well-lighted sun room in colder climates. Plant in full to part sun, requiring around 5 hours of sunlight to bloom well, in a moderately well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. It is hardy to 15 - 20°F. This lavender is noted as being heat tolerant and reportedly handles the high humidity found in the southeastern US. This great plant was a chance seedling found in 1999 beneath a Lavandula dentata by Jim and Dotti Becker's of Goodwin Greek Gardens in Williams, Oregon. It is speculated to be a cross between L. dentata and the wooly white foliaged species Lavandula lanata - this hybrid cross has been given the name Lavandula x ginginsii named in honor of Baron Frederic Charles Jean Gingins de la Sarraz (1790-1863), who wrote an early monographic on Lavandula.
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