The Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender, otherwise known as the Lavandula Stoechas or French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Butterfly Lavender (Lavandula Stoechas), is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its average maintenance and moderate growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its gray-green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender are the following:
- Water: The Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender flourishes when the water is consistently moist.
- Light: Keep your Lavandula Stoechas in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, chalk, and loam.
And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender belongs to the Lamiaceae family, the genus Lavandula and the species Stoechas, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Lavandula Stoechas (lav-AN-dew-lah STOW-kass).
As with other Lavandula’s, the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.
With this in mind, the Lavandula Stoechas will be most used to the heat zones in the 8 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But, how big does the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…
The Lavandula Stoechas can grow up to 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) in 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) and 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) in 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm).
Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful rounded shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.
In terms of watering, the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Lavandula Stoechas flourishes when the water is consistently moist.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively low needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.
As mentioned earlier, the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, chalk, and loam.
This is why most experts agree that the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender requires soil with loam (silt), sand, and shallow rocky, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Lavandula Stoechas in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being an evergreen plant, the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender will be present year round in your garden.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (mid, late), and during the summer (early, mid, late).
You can expect your Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender to flower around the spring and in the summer months from April to June (spring), and from July to September (summer).
In particular, this shrub is well known for its fragrant, flowers for cutting and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender produces some beautiful white, or purple/lavender flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender have a beautiful gray-green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a whorled organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Lavandula Stoechas to be around (1-3 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender is well known for being able to attract butterflies, so keep that in mind when choosing your plant, as you’ll likely end up finding one or another in your garden.
Additionally, it has a special tolerance for drought, rocky soil, dry soil and animals like rabbit and deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Lavandula Stoechas will be fine.
Does your Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.
Most Lavandula Stoechas owners agree that this shrub will look great in most mediterranean, cottage and rustic gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of coastal garden, informal and cottage, city and courtyard, gravel and rock garden, and in mediterranean garden styles.
In particular, the Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender’s best use for landscaping within your garden is as container, border, hillside, coastal exposure, cutting garden, or a mass planting.
Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Rudbeckia, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Rosmarinus will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Javelin Forte™ White Spanish Lavender, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.