Does lavender go brown in the winter?

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I live in zone 6 and my lavender is all brown. Is it dead?
q does lavender go brown in the winter
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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 14, 2018
    Yes, this is most likely a sign that your lavender has gone dormant for the winter
  • Chriss Grijak Chriss Grijak on Feb 15, 2018
    I live in Zone 5 (Michigan) and mine looks like this too. But don’t worry, once the weather starts warming up, it’ll green up and flower again!
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    • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Feb 17, 2018
      I must be lucky where I live? My lavender stayed green all winter just like it did thru the other seasons. We had temps down in the 20’s too with a little snow even! I’m in zone 7-8 Is there different species of lavender maybe? Well actually I do have one other idea why mine might stay green better too? I have several Cala Lilies and other flowers that I was told would probadly die over winter. But I planted them and put 18”-24” thick of Bark Nuggets around all my plants or over bulbs/ seeds. It took a couple years for some of my plants to finally stick their head above my bark nuggets. But all my plants seem to love being in the bark nuggets. Oh, btw, before I planted I also dig out a lot of clay dirt and refilled the area with good potting soil too and then planted and put the bark nuggets! Anyway, everyone been surprised how well my plants have done thru the last several years. My Rhoddies and Azealias are doing extremely well. I had some Prim Roses in another area that I hadn’t done any bark nuggets on and the flowers weren’t doing very good at all. So I replanted them into my other flowe bed with the heavy bark nuggets and after the first year they have really taken off doubling and even tripling in size and loaded with flowers this year already! There least 8” around too! We couldn’t be happier with our plants. Only thing I can think of that’s given us such great plants is the thick bark nuggets that’s keeping my plants warm and the bark nuggets hold moister very well too! I’m looking forward to doing more flowers gardens on the property with more bark nuggets to see if our luck holds out with our plants doing so well! I’m even considering trying the bark nuggets in my veggy garden just for the heck of it? LOL
  • Luc26644859 Luc26644859 on Feb 15, 2018
    i live in RI, and my lavender goes dormant in the winter, but will turn green in the spring and flower. Often, it increases in size also, forcing me to divide it and find new spots for more lavender.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 15, 2018
    That is natural winter growth
  • Ginger Ginger on Feb 15, 2018
    I live in San Antonio. We’ve had a couple hard freezes, one lasting for 6 days. Everything in my yard froze and turned brown EXCEPT the lavender and rosemary.
    • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Feb 17, 2018
      That’s been my experience with my lavender too! I live in Washington and our temps only dropped into the 20’s but did snow and was white for a day. Our lavender stayed green too
  • Sondra Pettyjohn Sondra Pettyjohn on Feb 15, 2018
    I'm on the Tn- Ga state line. We get below freezing here for brief periods, but my lavender has survived it for several years now. I'm afraid you may need to replace it. For now, cut it off a couple of inches above ground and mulch around it. If there's any life in it this spring it should come back. Good luck!

  • Blb26886426 Blb26886426 on Feb 15, 2018
    I'm in California foothills and my lavender turns an ash color every year but comes back beautifully in spring.
  • Bernadette Staal Bernadette Staal on Feb 15, 2018
    In New Zealand if a plant looked like that we would classify it as dead (or over pruned). To check if the plant still has life you could cut one branch off and see if it has green within the stems. Green would mean life. No Green could indicate death but as others seem to believe it to be 'normal' you can always just wait and see what happens in the spring before making a decision.
  • Clök Concept Clök Concept on Feb 17, 2018
    Hi there! I live in a zone 4b. My lavender totally disappears under snow during winter (like 5ft height). At spring, I cut all of it close to the ground. It helps it to grow bigger and stronger with more flowers each spring!
  • Frances Emery Frances Emery on Feb 18, 2018
    It's likely not dead, just resting. Don't prune it heavily when spring comes. Be a bit patient and it will show you where the healthy parts still want to grow. Once you see good healthy growth, you can cut away bits that still look unsightly, and the rest of the living plant will happily take off! Have a great, fragrant summer!

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