Lavender, English Lavender
One of the most attractive and fragrant of all herbs, Lavender is the quintessential cottage garden plant. Its aromatic foliage consists of 12 to 24 inch tall gray-green spikes of blue or mauve flowers (also highly aromatic) that bloom from mid summer to early fall. Although there are many lavender species suited for the garden, the most popular by far is English Lavender (Lavendula vera), which is also commercially grown widely for its many cosmetic and medicinal properties.
hardy perennial shrub
Lavender can be grown from seeds, but is usually started with transplants taken from rooted cuttings in the spring or summer. The stems are thick and woody and should be trimmed after flowering to keep the plant neat and tidy. Lavender plants will deteriorate over time, so plan on planting replacements every few years.
cuttings and seeds
flowers and leaves
Harvesting & Storage:
Harvest lavender during dry weather when stalks have less water in them. Lay them out in flat or hang them in bunches to dry. Keep in mind that oils dissipate as temperature rise throughout the day harvest in mid morning or early evening when air is cool and dry.
headaches, nervousness, and aromatherapy
garnish; scented oils; syrups; jellies; teas
potpourri; laundry rinse; furniture polish; insect repellant; oil scented candles; wreaths, skin and hair care; perfumes; perennial gardens
perennial herb and shrub
spring or fall in most areas; spring in zone 5
10" to 3'
poor to rich, well-drained soil
hardy to zones 5-9
early to mid summer
fragrant clusters of small lavender, purple or violet tubular-shaped flowers on spikes
fragrant mounds of long, spiky silvery-green leaves on narrow stems
fragrant gardens, borders, beds, edging, herb gardens, and crafts
Purchase plants. Cuttings from new growth can be propagated in the summer, or seeds can be started indoors. Planting site should have air circulation to help combat leaf spot in humid areas. Keep organic mulches (wood chips, leaves, grass) 12 inches from the base of plants (stones, gravel and sand are okay to use near the base). Watering is unnecessary with well-established plants-except during extreme drought conditions-lavender does not like wet feet, so well-drained soil is a must. Trim plants lightly each year after flowering or cut them back more severely every few years to keep them bushy. Once established, plants dislike being disturbed so don't divide them.
Lavender flowers can be used for culinary or medicinal purposes.
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Thank you all for the feedback on growing lavendar. I am taking some of the suggestions. Also, found out about a farm in Fredricksburg, TX which has lavendar! Imagine that...so close to home. Of course, the Hill country has different climate than S. TX, but I will try.
I have a school project and O was wondering if anyone had the:
Could you please send some to me on the webpage thanks
i love lavender but have trouble growing it is it because of the hot climate of texas?
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