Denomination: 'Alexandra'
Botanical Name: Lavandula stoechas
Applicant/Holder: Gartneriet Tvillingegaarden A/S
Anderupvej 68, Stige
Odense N
Breeder: Jakob Kjar-Larsen, Gartneriet Tvillingegaarden A/S, Odense N, Denmark
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2003-01-29
Application Number: 03-3461
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-08-29
Certificate Number: 3277
Date rights revoked: 2010-01-08

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Avenue'

Summary: 'Alexandra' has a narrower less rounded growth habit than 'Avenue'. The plant height of 'Alexandra' is slightly taller than 'Avenue'. 'Alexandra' has a slightly longer flowering stem than 'Avenue'. The infertile bracts of the spike of 'Alexandra' are shorter than 'Avenue'.


PLANT: narrow bushy to bushy growth habit, dense, erect outer flowering stems at full flowering

FOLIAGE: medium intensity of green, strong intensity of gray
LEAF: no incisions of margin

FLOWERING: begins early
FLOWERING STEM: medium thick, medium green, moderate pubescence, no lateral branching above foliage
FLOWER SPIKE: cylindrical, moderate number of flowers
FERTILE BRACT: violet, narrow to medium width
INFERTILE BRACT: oblanceolate, very short to short, weak undulation of margin, light blue violet to violet (RHS 85A/N87D)

Origin & Breeding History: 'Alexandra' was selected from a seedling population that was produced from an open pollination of Lavandula stoechas 'Avenue' during 1998 in South Africa. The final selection was made in 1999 in Odense, Denmark, based on natural compactness. Further testing and evaluations occurred in 2000 and 2001. The objective of the breeding program was to create new Lavandula cultivars with attractive floral and foliage characteristics.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Alexandra' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2005 at Variety Rights Management in Oxford Station, Ontario. The trial included 10 plants of each variety. The plants were grown in 15 cm pots spaced 30 cm apart. Measured characteristics were based on measurements taken from 10 plants or parts of plants. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) colour chart.

Comparison tables for 'Alexandra' with reference variety 'Avenue'

Plant height (cm)

  'Alexandra' 'Avenue'
mean 45.05 34.40
std. deviation 1.09 3.60

Flowering stem length (cm)

  'Alexandra' 'Avenue'
mean 42.50 35.60
std. deviation 1.63 3.91

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Lavender: 'Alexandra'

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Lavender: 'Avenue' (reference variety)

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