French Lavender Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas f. leucantha 'Snowman'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
white-flowered French lavender 'Snowman'


The plant known commonly as Spanish Lavender 'Snowman' is easily recognized by its unique and attractive appearance. The plant bears grey-green foliage, which sets a soft, aromatic backdrop for its distinctive flowers. The blooms are notable for their pure white color, which is less common compared to the typical purple shades of other lavender varieties. The flowers form dense, oval-shaped clusters, sometimes referred to as spikes, which sit atop slender, erect stems. Another characteristic feature of these flower spikes is the presence of what appears to be delicate, butterfly-like petals perched at the top. These petals, usually referred to as "wings" or "bracts," contrast with the white flowers beneath them, enhancing the visual appeal of the plant. The plant's overall form is somewhat rounded and bushy, with a lush display of both flowers and foliage. The fragrance of 'Snowman' is also a key aspect of its allure, emanating the classic, soothing scent that lavenders are known for. This aromatic quality makes it a favorite not only in gardens but also for use in aromatherapy and the creation of scented products. As a cultivar tailored for ornamental use, Spanish Lavender 'Snowman' stands out in garden beds, borders, and containers, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies while offering a striking visual and olfactory experience.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      French Lavender 'Snowman', Spanish Lavender 'Snowman', Topped Lavender 'Snowman', Butterfly Lavender 'Snowman'

    • Common names

      Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas f. leucantha 'Snowman'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      French Lavender is generally considered to be non-toxic to humans. Ingestion of the plant in small quantities is usually not harmful, but in larger amounts, it can cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. The essential oils of French Lavender can also be irritating if applied directly to the skin in concentrated forms or if ingested in significant quantities. Lavender oil should be used with caution, and it's important to keep it away from children who might accidentally swallow it.

    • To pets

      French Lavender is also generally considered to be non-toxic to pets. If pets ingest a small amount of this plant, they are not likely to experience any adverse effects. However, like in humans, consumption in larger amounts may result in gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting or diarrhea. Cats may be particularly sensitive to essential oils, including those found in lavender; therefore, it is advisable to use lavender products with caution around cats to prevent possible toxic reactions.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic appeal: With its striking white blooms, 'Snowman' adds a unique visual interest to gardens and landscapes.
    • Fragrance: The plant is well-known for its pleasant and calming scent that can enhance the sensory experience of a garden.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, it requires minimal watering and can thrive in dry conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Low maintenance: This variety of lavender is relatively easy to care for, requiring little pruning and being generally pest-resistant.
    • Attracts pollinators: 'Snowman' is attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, promoting biodiversity in the garden.
    • Evergreen: In many climates, the plant retains its foliage year-round, providing continuous greenery and structure to garden spaces.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anxiolytic - Frequently used in aromatherapy for its relaxing and anxiety-reducing properties.
    • Antiseptic - Contains compounds that have been used for their antiseptic qualities, potentially aiding in the prevention of infection.
    • Anti-inflammatory - It may possess anti-inflammatory effects that can help in reducing inflammation.
    • Antimicrobial - Exhibits properties that may be effective against certain bacteria and fungi.
    • Analgesic - Sometimes used for its mild pain-relieving effects.
    • Carminative - May help in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort, such as bloating and gas.
    Please consult healthcare professionals before using this plant for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Companion planting: Lavender 'Snowman' can be used as a companion plant in gardens to help repel certain insects and pests that could harm nearby plants.
    • Fabric fragrance: Dried lavender sachets are often placed in drawers or closets to impart a fresh, pleasant scent to clothing and linens.
    • Culinary creations: Culinary-grade lavender flowers can be used to flavor baked goods, jellies, and even savory dishes.
    • Eco-friendly confetti: Dried lavender buds can be used as biodegradable confetti for events like weddings or celebrations.
    • Photography prop: The plant, especially when in full bloom, can serve as a beautiful prop or background for photographers.
    • Artisan crafts: Lavender stems and buds can be incorporated into handmade soaps, candles, and potpourris.
    • Natural dye: Lavender can be used to create a soft, natural dye for fabrics or yarns.
    • Lavender wands or bottles: Stems and flowers can be woven into decorative wands or bottles that release fragrance when squeezed or handled.
    • Floral arrangements: Fresh or dried, lavender flowers are used in floral arrangements for their beauty and lasting fragrance.
    • Bath soak: Dried lavender buds can be added to bath salts or bath bombs for a relaxing and aromatic bathing experience.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The French Lavender is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Calmness: Lavender, including the 'Snowman' variety, is commonly associated with serenity and tranquility, often used to reduce stress and anxiety.
    • Purification: This plant has historical ties to purification rituals and is thought to cleanse one's surroundings of negative energy.
    • Silence: The name "lavender" is derived from the Latin "lavare," which means to wash, and carries a symbolic meaning of silence, reflecting its use in bathing rituals.
    • Devotion: Lavender is also a symbol of devotion and undying love, making it a frequent choice in bridal bouquets.
    • Healing: With well-known medicinal properties, lavender symbolizes healing and restoration.
    • Protection: In folklore, lavender has been used to ward off evil spirits and was carried for protection.
    • Longevity: The durability and hardiness of the plant can represent longevity and a life well lived.

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

    The Spanish Lavender 'Snowman' should be watered deeply but infrequently. Ensure that the soil is well-drained and allow the top layer to dry out before watering again. Typically, this means watering once every 1 to 2 weeks, depending on weather conditions. When watering, use approximately 1 gallon of water per plant, ensuring that the water penetrates deeply to reach the roots. Avoid overhead watering to prevent fungal diseases and water early in the morning to allow foliage to dry out during the day.

  • sunLight

    Spanish Lavender 'Snowman' thrives in full sun and should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day for optimal growth. Plant it in a location that ensures maximum exposure to sunlight, away from the shade of larger plants or structures. It can tolerate partial shade but may not bloom as prolifically.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Spanish Lavender 'Snowman' prefers a temperate climate and can tolerate temperatures ranging from 10°F to 90°F. However, the ideal temperature range for robust growth and flowering is between 60°F to 80°F. Protect the plant from extreme cold by providing mulch or cover during unexpected frost.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Spanish Lavender 'Snowman' after the first flowering to encourage a second bloom. Lightly trim back about an inch of growth to shape the plant and remove spent flower heads. The best time for a more significant pruning is in late summer or early fall, but do not cut into the woody part of the stem as this can harm the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Spanish Lavender prefers well-draining soil with a mix of sand, peat, and perlite or gravel; it requires a soil pH of 6.5 to 8.0 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Spanish Lavender should be repotted every two to three years to ensure it has enough space to grow and to refresh the soil.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Spanish Lavender thrives in dry conditions and does best with low humidity, typical of its Mediterranean origin.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Spanish Lavender near a sunny window and ensure good air flow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining soil; avoid waterlogged sites.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Lavandula stoechas subsp. stoechas f. leucantha 'Snowman', commonly known as French Lavender 'Snowman', begins its life cycle as a seed, requiring well-draining soil and sufficient light to germinate. After germination, it enters a vegetative stage, growing distinctive grey-green foliage and branching stems. As it matures, the plant develops flower spikes topped with white blooms and conspicuous purple bracts that are highly attractive to bees and butterflies. Once the flowering period is over, usually in late spring to early summer, the plant enters a period of seed production, with seeds maturing and dispersing to start a new generation. Throughout the growing seasons, French Lavender 'Snowman' experiences periods of growth and dormancy, responding to temperature and light cues with pruning encouraging bushier growth and more abundant flowering. After several years, typically 5 to 10, the plant may start to show signs of aging, with reduced flowering and vigor, ultimately culminating in its death, whereafter the life cycle can continue if seeds have been set and dispersed.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Lavandula stoechas, commonly known as Spanish or topped lavender, is by taking semi-ripe cuttings during the summer. A semi-ripe cutting is taken from the current year’s growth that has partially matured but is not yet woody. To do this, select a healthy, non-flowering stem about 4 inches (10 centimeters) long and cut it just below a node. Strip off the lower leaves, and dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth. The cutting should then be placed in a well-draining potting mix, with the remaining leaves just above the surface. To maintain a humid environment, you can cover the container with a clear plastic bag or plastic wrap, ensuring it does not touch the cutting. Keep the cutting in a warm spot with indirect light until roots develop, after which you can transplant it to a larger pot or directly into the garden.