Lavender is the typical plant of Provence.
The young leaves and flowers are harvested. Planted between roses it drives away ants and greenflies.
The fragrance of its dried flowers in linen bags keeps away midges, flies and moths. It is especially calming and refreshing in perfume sachets or perfume oils for your home. It can be used sparingly and mixed with other herbs for fish, meat dishes and sauces.
In medicine it is used as sedative for heart troubles and sleeping problems.
Lavenders thrives in any soil. Keep the seeds moist as they have a very hard skin. Protect against frost in the year of planting.
Genus - Lavandula
Species - Angustifolia Echter
Common name - Lavender
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 0,50 m
Spread - 0,30 m
Plant type - Perennial, Semi-evergreen or Evergreen, Fragrant
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Fertile, Well drained, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses - Dried Flower / Everlasting, Container, Cutflower, Edging, Herb / Vegetable, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
Bloom season - Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Violet - Lavender
Sow Lavender seeds from February to June on the surface of moist seed compost. Cover lightly (1-2 mm) with vermiculite or soil.
Germinate in a propagator or warm room at +20-+25C. Keep soil moist till germination.
Short cold and moist stratification at +2-+4C can increase germination rate and speed.
Seedlings appear in 20-50 days.
Remove cover then seedlings appear. Grow on at ~+15C.
Transplant when large enough in to 10 cm individual pots.Transplant in to permanent position after the last frost 30 cm apart.
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