(Lavandula multifida) Perennial in USDA zones 8-10 and annual in cooler zones. Silvery, oregano-scented foliage as delicate as fine French lace, makes this is a truly unique member of the lavender family! This first-season blooming perennial is native to the southern Mediterranean and is not cold hardy like other lavenders; it will need to be brought indoors or protected in zones 7 and cooler. Many northern gardeners treat the plants as annuals because they are easy to start from seed and will bloom in 15 weeks from sowing, then hold blooms all season long from there. Plants stand 1.5-2 feet tall and about as wide. It is beloved as a container and bedding ornamental for its frosty-filagreed foliage and its brilliant purple flower spikes. A better lavender for the south, where English lavender typically struggles in the heat and humidity.