Plant Care Common Lavender

Common Lavender

4.3 out of 5 (66 experiences)

Common Lavender has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Common Lavender has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily

About Common Lavender

Found in anything from soaps to lattes, lavender is known worldwide for its gentle aroma and ability to lull people to sleep 💤. The essential oils contained in their blossoms can be toxic in extremely large doses, but is recognized as generally safe for consumption (GRAS) by the FDA. They're used in top kitchens around the world as pairings for goat cheese, tea, and as garnishes. We're getting sleepy just thinking about the smell 😴!


Lavandula angustifolia

Also known as

English Lavender, English Lavender, Narrow-Leaved Lavender and Lavender

How to care for Common Lavender


How often to water your Common Lavender

Water needs for Common Lavender
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Lavender needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Lavender

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for English Lavender in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Lavender: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Lavender love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Common Lavender does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Common Lavender in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Common Lavender

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Lavender: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Lavender after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Common Lavender can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Common Lavender

Common Lavender

Common Lavender

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Common Lavender has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 23
Common Lavender has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 21
Common Lavender has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 18
Common Lavender has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 12
Common Lavender has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 10
Common Lavender has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Alliebee avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 410 XP
globe Inverness, Scotland

You can do so many things with lavender! It’s also pretty and smells wonderful :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Caleb avatar
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 4,798 XP
globe Austin, TX

Really temperamental when pot-growing, difficult to balance water and light needs

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 67 XP
globe Thornaby, England

Hard to maintain - not good with change - started browning two days after bringing it home!

Browns easily Browns easily
Hannah avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP
globe Fort Worth, TX

It took a while to sprout but super easy to keep up with

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 139 XP

looks and smells beautiful but i’ve always been terrible at keeping flowers alive and lavender is sadly no exception. began browning the week after i got it, i wouldn’t recommend as a starter plant

Browns easily Browns easily
Skye avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 34 XP

It’s gorgeous

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 38 Plants
xp 3,787 XP
globe Irvine, CA

I’m clearly doing things wrong.

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 95 XP
globe Addison, Ontario

Takes forever to bloom!!!

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leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 307 XP

Smells amazing but easy to kill

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 478 XP
globe Houston, TX

Not recommended for beginners. This is a very picky plant and will begin drooping if not in the right conditions. Especially if the soil does not have proper drainage. Smells very good though.

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Suds avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 105 XP

It’s one of my favorite herbs to make lemonade with.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 914 XP
globe Zurich, Ontario

Love the smell. A bit more challenging to keep indoors but great for a house plant or as an a addition to your garden

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leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 261 XP
globe Cheyenne, WY

I just love my plant :)

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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 114 XP
globe Olive Branch, MS

smells good!

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 116 XP
globe Listowel, Ontario

They smell so good and are so pretty. They also don’t die very quick so it easy to maintain

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 73 XP
globe Sparks, NV

I keep my large English lavender plant outside in my backyard and I just water it when the dirt gets dry about 3 inches down. It’s been working for me so far

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Kaya avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 7 XP
globe Colorado Springs, CO

Likes to stay dry, hard to grow indoors

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Remorrison03 avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 256 XP

you have to be very careful with watering, they can’t go long past the date they need to be watered or they will get droopy and they love direct sunlight

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 2,900 XP

Smells great, grows quickly and she’s easy to fill in with propagation. She needs major sun, though!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 639 XP
globe Pinellas Park, FL

Gorgeous and easy to care for!

Fast grower Fast grower

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