Name: Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence,’ also known
as "French lavender."
Flower Description: Large heads (3 inches by 7/8 inches).
A few flowers may pop up below the actual flower head along the
stem. Blooms are not as rich in color as ‘Grosso,’ but are solidly violet
with light purple highlights. Aroma is milder/sweeter than other
lavenders. Described as heady, grassy, fruity, herbaceous, and
mildly woody scent. Becoming popular for potential use in perfumes,
potpourris, sachets, lavender wands, and culinary uses.
Period: In eastern US, blooms from mid-June to mid-July. In moderate zones, blooms in early
to late July (two to four weeks after L. angustifolia.
Plant and Foliage Description: Leaves longer, wider,
and grayer than species form of English lavender. Foliage gray-green and
12-18 inches tall. Flower stems 12-16 inches above foliage. Trim
after bloom for best results. Canopy can be cut back to 8-10 inches
high and 1 foot wide. New growth will quickly fill in.
and Planting Range: Hardy to 0 F perhaps a bit colder.
Similar to ‘Grosso’.
Typical Landscape Use: Mass plantings, in
pottery over 24 inches in diameter, and accent plant. Plant every
18 inches for quick foliage fill. At 24 inches plants will just
Culinary Use: Its sweetness makes Provence ideal for desserts, ice cream,
sorbets, and bread. Also can be used in heartier fare. Stronger
than English lavender, so decrease amount if recipe calls for
English. Heat and cooking affects flavor and strength of all lavenders/lavandins. Therefore, experimentation is advised.
Comment: Relative abundance of oil in comparison
to English lavenders and sweet aroma lends ‘Provence’ to being a good choice for tinctures.
Use 4 pounds of blossoms for 1 ounce of essential oil or 66 ˝
pounds for 17 ounces. If using English lavenders, 8 to 16 pounds
are needed for each ounce of oil.
source: The Lavender Garden by Robert Kourik