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Lavandula spp.

(lav-VAN-dew-la)

COMMON NAMES:  LAVENDER

FAMILY:   Labiatae

TYPE:     Evergreen perennial

LOCATION: Full sun to partial shade

PLANTING: Transplants can be set out year round. Seed can be grown by putting on top of the ground when itís hot. Not easy to germinate and grow.

HEIGHT:        24 to 36 inches

SPREAD:   36 to 48 inches

FINAL SPACING: 18 to 24 inches

BLOOM/FRUIT:   Spikes of fragrant lavender-blue flowers in summer.

GROWTH HABITS/CULTURE:   Grey-green narrow foliage, aromatic lavender-blue flower on narrow stalks in spring and intermittently throughout the summer. Shrubby overall growth. English lavender is the easiest to grow. Excellent drainage is a must.

PROBLEMS: Overwatering, damp weather causes lots of trouble for lavender.

HARVEST/STORAGE: Harvest leaves anytime. Harvest flowers early as they first come into bloom for the best quality. Dry and store in glass if needed.

CULINARY USES: Use anyway rosemary is used in cooking. Teas should be made from the flowers and leaves. Flowers are used in spice mixes.

MEDICINAL USES: Lavender is antiseptic, sedative, and antispasmatic. Use from capsules or tea for the above and for headaches.

LANDSCAPE USES: Perennial garden, border plants, specimen plants.

OTHER USES:    Fragrance plant - used to scent linens. Beautiful perennial for landscape. Perfume and moth preventive.

INSIGHT:  Lavender angustifolia is English lavender and has smooth edged leaves. French lavender, Lavender dentata, has a serrated leaf. Spanish lavender -  Lavender stoechas, is gray-leaved and flat purple blooms with broad, flat-topped clusters of flowers instead of a spike. The pink and white flowering varieties are not recommended.

Slide show of a lavender farm from TPSL


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