‘Lavender’ has been described as difficult to grow.  The plants now being sold are likely a more vigorous selection from only one of the original plants registered under this name.  It has grown very well for me and is a prolific bloomer with flowers held well above attractive foliage.


Cultivar: Lavender
Year: 1939
Seedling No: 8077, 8078, 8087, 8088, 8089, 14850, 14868, 14895. Originally released as a strain. Page 45 of Silvia Saunders’ Notebook. 
Parentage: 2: lactiflora X coriacea


Flower: Color: light pinkish lavender with darker streaks throughout
Form: single, 2 rows of petals
Blooms: Week 4
Carpels: 4-5, light yellowish green
Stigmas: deep red, almost purple
Disc: white, edged pink, slightly visible
Stamens: filaments pink at base, shading to white
Plant: Habit: upright rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green leaves, red stems
Foliage form: pointed leaves, not lobed
Height: 37″ in 2021


Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Few specialty nurseries