Lavandula stoechas, also known as Spanish Lavender, Rabbit Ears, or Papillon, is an evergreen shrub that is prized for its ornamental appeal and sweet fragrance. Native to Mediterranean regions, this small plant can grow up to 2 feet tall and wide, making it ideal for borders, rock gardens, sunny patios, or as an accent shrub.
This Spanish Lavender is hardy in USDA Zone 5-9 and requires full sun to partial shade and regular to moderate water to thrive. It is also attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees, adding extra life to any landscape. Spanish Lavender can also be grown in pots in cold regions, as long as it is kept in a sheltered spot and protected from strong winds. Potting soil should be well-drained and pots should not be allowed to sit in water. Regular watering is important, but it should be done with caution as to not overwater. Mulching can also help retain moisture in the soil and insulate the roots in cold weather.
In terms of its blooms, Spanish Lavender has a whimsical quality to it. The blooms consist of barrel-shaped peduncles with two or more "rabbit ears" on top, earning it the name Rabbit Ears. The name Papillon (Butterfly) also alludes to this charming feature. Flowers can vary in color, ranging from pink roses to white, off-white and shades of blue, lavender, and purple. With proper care, Spanish Lavender can thrive even in inhospitable climates and bring a touch of the Mediterranean to any garden.