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Lavandula pedunculata Dedication Pukehou®

unusually large, showy ribbon-like sterile red-purple bracts  crown the fragrant purple flowers in a superb display. Growth is compact and bushy with aromatic grey-green foliage. This variety produces up to six bracts or ‘ribbons’ per head, compared to only two on most other cultivars of the species.  Pukehou, pronounced pook-ee-who, is a Maori name meaning Hills of Dedication. Suitable for most gardens, it is also wonderful as a container plant or garden specimen.

Inventor: Mary Robertson, Pukehou Nursery, Manakau, New Zealand

Colour: red – purple
Blooming Season: spring to summer
Zone
: 6-10
Mature Size: H 80 cm x W 80 cm

Care: Plant in full sun in loose, free draining soil. Drought tolerant but needs water occasionally.  For the home garden, application of a well-balanced compost or slow released general purpose fertilizer and a small amount of lime will benefit the plants before the new growth in spring. Prune lightly after flowering to encourage bushiness and new flower growth for the next season. Heavier pruning in mid-autumn prolongs the life of the plant.

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