Lavandin Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
lavender 'Edelweiss'


Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss', commonly known as Lavender, is a striking plant known for its aesthetic appeal and aromatic properties. The plant showcases a robust growth of silvery-green foliage that provides a beautiful contrast to its blooms. The leaves are elongated and somewhat narrow, with a slightly fuzzy texture that adds a soft visual depth to the overall appearance of the plant. The most captivating feature of the Lavender 'Edelweiss' is undoubtedly its flowers. These are presented in long, elegant spikes that rise gracefully above the foliage. The blooms are a crisp, pure white in color, lending the plant its name 'Edelweiss', reminiscent of the famous alpine flower. The flowers appear in dense whorls along the length of the spikes, creating an attractive display that can catch the eye from a distance. The appearance of the flower spikes is further enhanced by their arrangement on the plant. They are often held in a stately manner, contributing to the upright and formal look of the Lavender 'Edelweiss'. The contrast between the white flowers and the silvery foliage is particularly striking in sunlight, where the plant can seem to shimmer and glow, adding a luminous quality to gardens or landscapes where it is planted. Moreover, this variety of Lavender is known for its fragrant flowers, which exude a soothing and pleasant aroma. The scent is typical of Lavender, with herbal and floral undertones that are cherished by many for their calming effect. This fragrance is most pronounced when the flowers are in full bloom and can be further enjoyed if the flowers are cut and used in arrangements or dried for sachets. Overall, the Lavender 'Edelweiss' is cherished not only for its visual beauty but also for its sensory contributions to the garden in terms of touch and smell, making it a popular choice among gardeners and landscape designers seeking to create an enchanting and sensory-rich environment.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Dutch Lavender, Lavandin

    • Common names

      Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Lavender ('Edelweiss' is a specific cultivar) is generally not considered toxic to humans. In fact, lavender is often used in culinary applications, as well as in aromatherapy for its soothing scent. In typical amounts used for cooking or fragrance, lavender does not pose a health threat. However, consuming lavender in large quantities could potentially lead to gastrointestinal upset or central nervous system depression. It is rare, but some individuals might also experience an allergic reaction. Keep in mind that essential oils derived from lavender should not be ingested due to their high concentration, which can be toxic.

    • To pets

      Lavender is generally considered to be of low toxicity to pets such as dogs and cats. If a pet ingests a small amount of lavender, it is unlikely to cause harm. However, ingestion of large quantities of plant material could potentially lead to mild gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea. Lavender essential oil, which is much more concentrated than the plant itself, should be used with caution around pets, as significant ingestion can result in more serious symptoms, including central nervous system depression. It is always best to keep a watchful eye and ensure that pets do not consume plants or essential oils unnecessarily.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Spread

      2-4 feet (60-120 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss', commonly known as Lavandin, offers beautiful white flowers which can enhance the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Aromatic Fragrance: Lavandin emits a pleasant scent, which can create a soothing and relaxing environment in outdoor spaces and when used in sachets and potpourris indoors.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Lavandin is drought-resistant, making it an excellent choice for water-conservative gardening and xeriscaping.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Lavandin is attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, thereby assisting in the pollination of nearby plants.
    • Ease of Cultivation: Lavandin is known for being hardy and easy to grow, requiring minimal maintenance, which is ideal for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Culinary Uses: The flowers and leaves of Lavandin can be used in culinary preparations, adding flavor to various dishes and herbal teas.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Relaxation: The essential oil of Lavender (Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss') is commonly used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and alleviate stress.
    • Sleep Aid: Lavender oil is believed to improve sleep quality, often used to combat insomnia and restlessness.
    • Anxiety Relief: Some studies suggest that inhaling lavender scent can help reduce anxiety and improve overall mood.
    • Analgesic Effect: The application of lavender oils can provide minor pain relief, particularly for headaches or muscle pains.
    • Antiseptic Qualities: Due to its antimicrobial properties, lavender is sometimes used in the treatment of minor wounds and burns to avoid infection.
    • Anti-inflammatory: Lavender may contain compounds that help reduce inflammation and soothe irritated skin.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Lavender 'Edelweiss' can be used as a natural moth repellent when dried and placed in closets or drawers, keeping clothes free from damage.
    • The essential oil from Lavender is sometimes added to natural cleaning products for a fresh, antiseptic fragrance, as well as its grease-cutting properties.
    • It's used in crafting and potpourri, as dried Lavender retains its scent and adds a decorative touch to homemade creations.
    • Lavender is a popular addition to homemade natural dyes, where it can impart a range of pink and purple hues to fabrics.
    • Lavender 'Edelweiss' is used in landscaping as a deer-resistant plant to protect gardens from grazing.
    • As a natural insect repellent, Lavender can be planted in gardens to keep away aphids and other pests from neighboring plants.
    • The flowers of Lavender can be used to gently flavor sugars and desserts, providing a subtle floral note.
    • Lavender is used in the craft of candle making, both for its pleasant fragrance and for the aesthetic of embedded flowers.
    • It can function as a companion plant, promoting the growth and health of other plants nearby through its beneficial properties.
    • Lavender stems can be used to create wreaths and floral arrangements that last long and maintain their aroma.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Lavender is often utilized in Feng Shui to bring a sense of calm and purification to a space. It can be placed in the living area to promote relaxation or in the bedroom to enhance sleep quality due to its soothing properties. Its aromatic fragrance is also believed to reduce stress and create a peaceful atmosphere.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Lavender is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Calmness: Lavender is widely associated with its calming and soothing properties, often used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety.
    • Purity: The name 'Edelweiss' evokes a sense of purity and innocence, reflecting the pristine nature of the alpine flower Edelweiss, and by extension relates to the Lavender's clean and fresh scent.
    • Healing: Historically, Lavender is known for its medicinal properties, symbolizing health and the ability to alleviate ailments.
    • Devotion: Given its perennial nature and enduring fragrance, Lavender can symbolize faithfulness and a commitment that lasts over time.
    • Protection: Folklore often regards Lavender as a plant that wards off evil spirits or ill fortune, representing protection and safety.
    • Serenity: The gentle color and fragrance of Lavender promote a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, symbolizing serenity and relaxation.
    • Royalty: Historically, the color purple, which is typical of many Lavender varieties, was often associated with royalty and nobility.

Every 1-2 weeks
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Lavender, specifically the Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss', requires minimal watering once established, to mimic its natural dry climate conditions. It should be watered deeply but infrequently; aim for once every 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the climate and soil drainage. When watering, use approximately half a gallon for smaller plants and up to 1-2 gallons for larger, mature plants per watering session. Always allow the soil to dry out between watering to prevent root rot. It is crucial not to over-water, as lavender is drought-resistant and thrives in drier conditions.

  • sunLight

    Lavender, known as Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss', flourishes in full sunlight. It should be placed in a spot where it can receive at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. The plant will achieve optimal growth and best flower production when exposed to strong, direct light. Avoid placing lavender in areas with shade or filtered light, as this can hinder its development and flowering capacity.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Lavender, or Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss', prefers a temperature range of 50°F to 86°F for optimal growth. It can survive minimum temperatures down to around 20°F; however, it may not survive if temperatures fall below this for extended periods. Conversely, lavender can tolerate high temperatures as long as it's provided with enough sunlight. The ideal condition for lavender is a temperate climate with a consistent temperature within the range mentioned above.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning lavender, or Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss', encourages the growth of new, vigorous branches and prevents the plant from becoming woody. It's best to prune lavender in the spring just as new growth is starting or immediately after flowering. Pruning can be done annually or biannually, removing about a third of the total height of the plant. The best time to prune is after the first flowering and again in late summer after the last flush has faded.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    For Lavender 'Edelweiss', a well-draining soil mix is essential; combine equal parts of garden soil, coarse sand, and peat or compost. They thrive in a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Lavender 'Edelweiss' should be repotted every 2-3 years into a slightly larger container with fresh soil to prevent root crowding and maintain soil quality.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Lavender 'Edelweiss' prefers a low to moderate humidity level, typical of arid Mediterranean regions where it grows best.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide full sun, well-draining soil, and good air circulation for Lavender 'Edelweiss'.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-drained soil, and space plants for air to prevent rot.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss', commonly known as Edelweiss Lavender, begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in warm, well-drained soil, preferably in spring or early summer. After germination, it enters the seedling stage, developing true leaves and establishing a rudimentary root system. The plant then progresses to the vegetative stage, where it undergoes rapid growth and eventually forms a bushy habit with silver-green foliage. Flowering occurs in the summer, showcasing spikes of fragrant white flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Once pollinated, the flowers produce seeds that can be dispersed to propagate new plants. In the final stage of its life cycle, Edelweiss Lavender is perennial and will enter dormancy in the winter, resting until the following spring when the cycle can begin anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for Lavandula × intermedia 'Edelweiss', commonly known as Lavender, is through semi-hardwood cuttings. The ideal time to take these cuttings is during the late summer to early fall when the plant's growth begins to slow and stems are partially matured. A gardener would select a healthy, non-flowering stem and cut a 3 to 4 inch (approximately 7.5 to 10 cm) length, strip the leaves from the lower half, and possibly treat the cut end with a rooting hormone to enhance root development. This cutting is then planted in a well-draining soil mix, making sure a few leaf nodes are buried where roots will form. The cutting should be kept moist and in a warm, bright location but out of direct sunlight until roots have sufficiently developed, usually within a few weeks, after which it can be transplanted to a more permanent location.