Hidcote Pink

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Jun 282015
 
Folgate and Hidcote Pink

Folgate and Hidcote Pink

Hidcote Pink has been available since 1958. It is an average sized lavender with pale pink flowers. In the picture above it is next to rows of Lavendula Angustifolia “Folgate”. Together they make each other pop. Hidcote Pink is a lovely lavender for contrasting with other, purple, lavenders. But, even on its own in a garden it provides that lovely mounded pink look that only lavender plants can provide.

It is not very good for drying because it loses it’s nice pink and dries to a brown color. It does make an unusual oil. It has a bit more of a camphoric scent than other angustifolias, but there are some people who swear they prefer it and say it is a more masculine presence. This is in spite of it being a pink lavender, though lavender essential oil doesn’t keep any color purple nor pink.

It blooms with other early lav. angustifolias. It doesn’t give much of a second bloom, but sometimes, if it’s feeling agreeable it will send out more flowers.

Hidcote Pink Bush

Hidcote Pink Bush

It is a bit more than 3′ around when it is blooming. After pruning it’s closer to 28″ across. (These measurements are at our farm, which can get very windy and that can make the plants a bit smaller than in less windy situations.)

Hidcote Pink Flower

Hidcote Pink Flower

Lavendula Angustifolia “Hidcote Pink”

Major Lawrence Johnston brought Hidcote to England from France in the 1920’s. Hidcote Pink is thought to be available by 1957 or 58. Adapted from The Lavender Lover’s Handbook, by Sarah Bader

  • Flower Color: light pink
  • Foliage Color: Green (Grey in winter)
  • Stem length: 6 to 10 inches
  • Blooms: once in spring
  • Plant height: 30 -40 inches
  • Spacing: 36 inches
  • Hardiness: zones 5-9

Is excellent for landscaping, culinary, and oil.

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