Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh

Dwarf English Lavender

 
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Thumbelina Leigh is a robust dwarf growing English variety with plump, deep lavender-blue flower spikes and a strong, sweet fragrance. Maturing to a height of about 15 inches, it is the most compact cultivar currently in cultivation. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 10
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Evergreen
Evergreen
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 63119

Details

12-15" tall x 18" wide (cutting propagated). What an incredible dwarf English Lavender! 'Thumbelina Leigh' is very showy with its deep purple-blue calyxes and dark lavender flowers held on sturdy, well-branched stems. Nice blue-green foliage.

A heavy bloomer with plump, compact flower heads, its compact size makes it useful as an edging plant along paths, in rock gardens or mixed with other taller lavender cultivars.
SKU 63119
Common Name Dwarf English Lavender
Botanical Name Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 12-15" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Evergreen Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Evergreen, Plants for Small Spaces
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Coastal California
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips for Growing Lavender

Lavender are sun-loving plants that thrive in hot weather and grow best in arid climates. Lavender plants will be taller and wider in mild winter, hot summer climates. The same varieties when grown in cold (zone 5-6) winter climates tend to be more compact. Lavender plants require two-to-three growing seasons to reach mature size.

Lavender plants are at their best in the drier parts of the US like the Great Plains, Intermountain West and West Coast (which has a true Mediterranean climate (wet winters and dry summers). The key is to make sure you choose a variety with sufficient winter cold hardiness for your region. (‘Vera’ and ‘Pastor’s Pride’ are among the most cold hardy.) Yet with proper soil preparation, and planting site selection, Lavender can also thrive in moister, more humid climates like the Mid-West, East Coast and Mid-Atlantic states.

  • Plant in full sun with good air circulation.
  • Plant into well drained soil. Compost-enriched garden loam is alright in drier climates, sandy or gravel soil is best in moister climates. Heavy, poorly-drained clay soils will be fatal.
  • Select a raised or sloped bed, or a planting site against a hot wall or along a cement/asphalt walk or driveway where the reflected heat keeps growing conditions hotter and drier.
  • New transplants need regular watering. Don't let the plants get too dry. Supplemental watering can be greatly reduced the second growing season as the plants become established.
  • When using drip irrigation, place the emitter off to the side of the plant, not right on the root ball to avoid overwatering of mature plants.
  • Fertilize once annually in the fall with a top dressing of Yum Yum Mix.
  • Mulch with gravel or pine needles in arid climates. In moister climates mulching with gravel will protect the crown from excessive moisture and soil splashed onto the foliage.

More in-depth guidance for growing and maintaining Lavender plants: Growing Lavender, Lavender Bliss, A History of Lavender, The Bold and the Beautiful: New and Recent Lavender Introductions and Lavender: An Old World Herb That Has It All.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Attractive (8)
  • Accurate instructions (7)
  • Fragrant (7)
  • Healthy (7)
  • Hardy (6)

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1.0

Arrived healthy but died

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from San Diego, CA

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Garden

Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

I transferred this plant to an 8 inch pot and filled with light soil. It was kept in filtered sunlight to adapt and then moved to a more sunny location. I could tell it was not doing well and within 2-3 weeks, it was dead. I was going to call for a replacement plant but then got this email. Maybe lavender does not like my climate in San Diego.

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5.0

Love Lavender

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from Fullerton, CA

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Healthy

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

    All Lavenders are great!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lovely small lavender

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    from New Canaan CT

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Lovely In A Small Garden

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Beautiful Accent Plant
      • Garden
      • Used This In A Rock Garde

      Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

      Used this in a small rock garden.Color is great,Form is perfect. This should be in everyone's garden. You just need the right place and you can because it is not too small--- just right for the front of a garden.

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      4.0

      Love Lavender

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      from Elko, NV

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      • Attractive
      • Fragrant
      • Hardy
      • Healthy

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        • Garden
        • Patio

        Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

        Both plants are thriving, but no blossoms yet as there were on the other lavender plant I bought.

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        5.0

        Beautiful plant.

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        from Morristown, TN

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        • Attractive
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          Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

          Very nice small plant.

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          5.0

          Lavender hoarder

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          from Castro Valley, CA

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

            Well packaged. Went into the ground and is now blooming happily and attracting the bees.

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            3.0

            not so great for this area

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            from Marble Falls, TX

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

                A master gardener warned me that lavender doesn't do so well here, but I love lavender and wanted some anyway. Several of the plants I got initially didn't survive. Because there weren't any more of the dwarf English lavender available, HCG replaced them with French lavender (HCG is terrific in replacing plants!). The French lavender bloomed last summer but the dwarf English has yet to do so. I'm hopeful it will this summer. The spot the lavender (along with Salvia greggii and desert willow) is planted doesn't get an ideal amount of sun, but everything has bloomed except the English lavender.

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                5.0

                Lovely Little Lavandula

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                from California Mountains

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                • Hardy
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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

                  Our garden grows in an arid mountain range at about 4K feet (zone 8-ish). Last spring, I planted one Thumbelina Leigh in the east garden, near the front of the bed because I knew it would be compact. We were excited when it bloomed the first summer, and our local butterflies visited frequently. I consider it an excellent addition to the water-wise perennial garden we inherited from the previous gardener, and have purchased another one this year.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My Favorite!

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                  from Prescott, AZ

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                    • Outdoors
                    • Patio

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh:

                    By far my favorite lavender! It's small size makes it versatile in the garden. It has stunning deep color and wonderful fragrance. I find it to be hardier than my other lavenders. Love this one!

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                    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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