Hybrids L stoechas X L viridis

Many new cultivars often classified under L. stoechas have been introduced into the horticultural industry in recent years and are almost certainly hybrids between L. stoechas and L. virdis. Which subspecies of L. stoechas has been involved in these crosses is not always clear. However, some cultivars, for example, 'St. Brelade' the parent is known to be L. stoechas subsp. pedunculata. The hybrids are reminiscent of L. stoechas, but have a number of characteristics of L. viridis, most notably the distinctive strong smell; the leaves are broadly linear-lanceolate in shape and are often slightly viscid with a very glandular indumentum. The hybrids also have the long flowering period (often repeat flowering) typical of L. viridis.

Many of these cultivars have originated from Australia and New Zealand. Here the climate is conducive to the outdoor cultivation of both parents and it seems likely they have freely hybridised under these conditions. Numerous cultivars have and continue to be named (see McNaughton, 2000 for most comprehensive listing), for example, 'Helmsdale' — selected in New Zealand to 70 cm with red purple flowers, 'Marshwood' - selected in New Zealand, vigorous to 90 cm with large flower spikes, purple flowers and pink coma, 'Avonview' - selected in New Zealand to 60 cm with dark purple flowers and pale purple coma, and 'Fathead' - UK origin to 45 cm with short dense flower spikes, dark purple fading to pink.

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