Lavender Twickle Purple (Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Twickle Purple’)

Some Lavenders, like Lavender Dwarf Blue or Lavender Grosso have purely descriptive names. Others are more intriguing…

…and few are more intriguing than Lavender Twickle Purple. Ok, ‘Purple’ is self-explanatory (the flowers are a striking mauve) but what about ‘Twickle’? The name acknowledges this bushy, compact, long-leaved and highly fragrant Lavender’s birthplace – Kasteel Twickel (Twickel Castle) that lies in the middle of a 4,000 hectare estate near the Dutch town of Delden. The plant has had many years to establish and prove itself in England since it was successfully introduced back in 1922.

In terms of cultivation, Lavender Twickle Purple is no different to the vast majority of Lavenders – choose a sunny, well-drained spot in acid or alkaline soil and make sure it never gets water-logged.

Lavender Twickle Purple is perfect for edging and low, border hedges or for specimen planting in a tub, rockery or bed. Its foliage is a lush, grey-green and, like that of so many Lavenders, compliments perfectly its highly scented flowers that appear in mauve abundance throughout June and July.

Great for both pot pourri and the pot – it’s a cooks’ favourite as an alternative to Rosemary – but use the flowers or leaves sparingly!

About Lavender Twickle Purple

Foliage: The grey-green foliage is, even for a Lavender, truly exceptional.
Flowers: Lively, rich purple flowers throughout summer
Scent: Both leaves and flowers are highly fragrant.
Hardiness: As hardy as any Lavender.
Aspect: Ideally plant in a sheltered South or East-facing spot offering lots of sun.
Ease of maintenance: Extremely easy.
Specialist care: None required.
Pruning: Dead-head as you would Roses to encourage a second flush of flowers. Cut back dead flower stems in late August.
Drought Resistance: Excellent
Soil pH: Acid, through neutral to alkaline.
Soil Type: Sand or Loam
Moisture: Must be well-draining].
Light: Full sun.
Height: 45-60cm excluding flower spikes
Spread: 30-60cm
Shape: Compact but bushy
Rate of Growth: Slow.
Versatility: Lavender Twickle Purple is ideal for edging and low border hedges. It also makes an excellent specimen plant for a tub, bed or rockery. Lavender Twickle Purple is also one of the preferred culinary varieties, so try adding a few flowers or leaves to stews, soups or salads.

So, if you are looking for an unfussy, historic and hardy plant that’s a little unusual and delivers everything you could hope from a Lavender, then find a sunny spot or two in well-draining soil for Twickle Purple.