Walking Lavender

Who knew? Lavender actually walks. Probably really really slowly, but walk it does.

I imagine the previous occupant of this house put a little pot of lavender by the front path back in the 70s (which is when the house was built). I could be off by a decade but probably not by much more based on what that little pot plant did.

Here are some photos of what I discovered when I started cutting back and pruning what I thought was a normal lavender bush planted in my front garden.


Overgrown and spreading lavender


Original lavender pot


Lavender jumping ship


Lavender plants after the pot is removed

It didn’t just walk, it migrated, multiplied and thrived. Ain’t nature grand!


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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25 Responses to Walking Lavender

  1. Left alone to itself nature has its own course and way to create wonderful green cover all over the earth.Unfortunately for it, we try to behave like an overly protective mother.

  2. Reblogged this on Swati Nitin Gupta and commented:
    The wonderful and mysterious ways of Nature that leave us speechless!

  3. The world around us is pretty interesting when we stop to really take a look and to listen…it is all pretty fascinating.

  4. cohutt says:

    Wow. And a free pot to boot. 😉

    That looks a lot like my Russian Sage, which has walked out of every spot I thought it had finally settled into ….

    • I had hoped the original lavender had some life left in it. It looked like a bonsai after pruning. But it was dead, dead, dead and now is ash, ash, ash – it made great kindling for the fireplace!

      There you go, I’m not the first to have a plant that learned to walk.

  5. That is so interesting! When I think of how I cosset and spoil some plants I try to grow and others like that one just leap out of the pot and get on with it. I haven’t found lavender a particularly easy plant to grow, either.

    • I’ve had horrible luck with lavender in the past. It gets “leggy” (as in long stems with leaves only on top) now I find myself with so much healthy lavender that had been treated with neglect. Nature is the ultimate spoiler!

  6. Do you think its still one plant – or lots of offspring, reproducing like the strawberry plant does?
    My garden is heavy clay soil, so lavender plants don’t last too long – they start off okay (the English or Common Lavender anyway), but go woody very quickly. I’ve given up trying to grow French Lavender – zero success with that one unfortunately.

  7. That is called the layering method of propagation! Here we thought we were so clever doing it, and nature does it all by itself! Gosh I wish I could grow lavender here, but it doesn’t like the summer humidity at all!

  8. So lovely in it’s natural way!

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