Spanish Eyes Fernleaf Lavender

A quick bloomer, Spanish Eyes fernleaf lavender produces flowers early and often throughout the season. The gorgeous bright blue blooms are set among silvery, fern-like foliage, and last longer than many other types of lavender, making this plant an ideal landscaping element. While many other varieties dislike moist air, Spanish Eyes can take both humidity and heat. This is a great choice for containers, and butterflies love it. Wherever you grow it, be sure to provide plenty of drainage, as lavender likes its soil on the drier side.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page..

  • Type Perennial in zones 7 to 10
  • Planting time After last spring frost
  • Features Silvery, fern-like foliage with bright blue flowers
  • Light Full sun
  • Soil Needs excellent drainage
  • Spacing 20 inches apart
  • Plant size 16 to 25 inches tall
  • Garden use Containers; herb, vegetable, and flower beds
  • Culinary use Baking, teas, jellies, sugars, salts

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.

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At a glance

Light requirements: Full sun.

Planting: Space 12 to 20 inches apart, depending on variety. (See listing above or check stick tag that comes with the plant for specific spacing recommendations.)

Soil requirements: Lavender demands well-drained soil with a pH of 6.7 to 7.3. To improve soil drainage, add builder’s sand or small limestone gravel, or tuck plants into raised beds or atop a stone wall.

Water requirements: Lavender prefers drier soil. Heavy, wet soil, especially in winter, can kill plants.

Frost-fighting plan: Lavender is perennial in some zones; see listing above for specific zones. Hardier English lavender can tolerate temperatures as low as 23° F.

Common issues: Lavender thrives in heat, but humidity can lead to fungus issues in some varieties. Plant where air circulation is good, and thin plants as you harvest blooms or stems. Add rock mulch to enhance moisture evaporation beneath plants. Lavender is generally pest-free.

Harvesting: Pick lavender leaves and stems at any point in the growing season. Best color occurs before buds open; fragrance strengthens as flowers mature. Avoid creating bare spots when clipping.

Storage: Dried lavender retains its fragrance for months. Fresh stems last in water five to seven days. For longer storage, dry or freeze leaves.

For more information, visit the Lavender page in our How to Grow section.