Lavandula allardii

BREEDER: LOUIS MEERLO, AVAILABLE THROUGH SUNSET WESTERN GARDEN AND SOUTHERN LIVING PLANT COLLECTIONS
COURTESY OF PLANT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

How long has it been on the market?
Limited California release in 2016

Sun/shade requirements
Full sun to part shade

USDA Zones
Evergreen perennial zones 9-10, annual elsewhere

Grows to height/width
2 to 3 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide

Container suggestions
Pair with Chef’s Choice Culinary Rosemary or Evolvulus

Consumer care requirements
‘Meerlo’ can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions but does require good drainage.

Key features from the breeder
Highly fragrant, variegated foliage holds its variegation throughout the plant’s lifespan. Long-living garden lavender in USDA zones 9-10. Drought, heat and humidity tolerant. Can be used as a natural moth repellent.

Display tip
Consumers love the fragrance of Meerlo’s leaves, but often do not realize it is a lavender, so signage really helps. Encourage shoppers to “scratch and sniff” this fragrant lavender.