Varieties of Lavender

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There are more than 450 named Lavender varieties or cultivars and new ones being created or discovered every year. Presently we have seven varieties of Lavender and will be adding 4 new ones this May/ June. We grow Folgate, Melissa, Royal Purple, Royal Velvet, Hicote, Grosso, and Phenomenal. We are adding Betty’s Blue, Hidcote Blue, Edelweiss, Hidcote Giant! We are limited to growing only the varieties that can survive plant hardiness zone 5!
It’s fun to try different varieties as they have different colors, stem lengths, sizes and shapes!

What Potter Creek Grows

Presently we have seven varieties of Lavender and will be adding 4 new ones this May/June. We grow Folgate, Melissa, Royal Purple, Royal Velvet, Hidcote, Grosso, and Phenomenal. We are planning to add Betty’s Blue, Hidcote Blue, Edelweiss, Hidcote Giant! Each variety of lavender is used purposely for different aspects of keeping lavender.

Folgate is a light blue lavender variety that we use for our fresh/dried lavender bundles and is also great for crafting. It’s hardy in colder climates which is a must since we are located in Wisconsin. It is also a great source for culinary buds that can be used in desserts or teas.

Melissa is a light pink lavender flower that is great for landscaping as well as a great culinary buds.

Royal Velvet and Hidcote are mostly used for our fresh and dried lavender bundles. They both produce dark blue flowers which is a great contrast to the other varieties.

Royal Purple is a unique variety because it grows in a creeping manner instead of the typical bush type. It produces light violet flowers and is great for landscaping.

Grosso is the number one lavender variety used for creating essential oils. We currently don’t use it for our oils but because of its strong aromatic smell and ability to produce high oil content, 70% of lavender essential oils come from it.

Phenomenal is the last variety that we grow at Potter Creek Lavender. It was planted as an experiment to see how it does in cold weather and is used mainly in essential oil production.

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