Mountain Valley Views Abrial Lavender Edition

  Mature Abrial Lavender in full bloom  

Stunning Abrial Lavender is one of those "everything old is new again" stories. Named for Professor Claude Abrial who discovered this naturally occurring hybrid in the 1920's, Lavandula x intermedia 'Abrialii' was first called 'Eureka,' most likely because it was much more vigorous and more adaptable than other Lavandins being grown at the time. A natural cross between L. angustifolia and L. spica, Abrial Lavender was the plant of choice for oil distillation in France for over 30 years until it was ultimately replaced in the late seventies by the larger Grosso Lavender. Today, Abrial Lavender is still used in oil production in both France and the US.

Over the years we have come to appreciate Abrial as a landscape plant. Shorter and tidier in form than Grosso, Abrial makes a good choice for smaller yards and gardens. The reason Grosso and Abrial are often compared is because they are both Lavandins with dark purple flowers. Grosso is better known because it is grown commercially for field production, which is great if you are planting a field. But if, like most of us, you are just planting a short row or adding a few plants to your flower garden, Abrial Lavender is a more satisfying choice.

Abrial Lavender is one of 20 different lavenders on sale during our Fall Extravaganza. Why not try it for yourself?

Our Fall Extravaganza is the only sale we have each year, so we hope you have been able to take advantage of the many unique and interesting plants we have made available. There is still time to stock up for fall, but the clock is ticking.

Have questions, like, "Is it too late to plant?" or "Which plant is right for my zone?" Be sure to read TIPS FOR FALL PLANTING.

These links allow you to view and order both plants that are on sale and those that are not (just in case you need some of both!)
Plants A-F
Plants G-M
Plants N-R
Plants S-Z

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