BREEDER: LOUIS MEERLO, AVAILABLE THROUGH SUNSET WESTERN GARDEN AND SOUTHERN LIVING PLANT COLLECTIONS
How long has it been on the market?
Limited California release in 2016
Full sun to part shade
Evergreen perennial zones 9-10, annual elsewhere
Grows to height/width
2 to 3 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide
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.
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.