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English Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal/Aromatic/Industrial Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 5-8)
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall Ease of Germination: Moderate
This standard clump forming variety is adored for its delightfully sweet scented and high yielding essential oil production. The aromatic oils have a relaxing effect and is typically used medicinally to combat stress. In addition, it is recognized as an anti-depressive, anti-inflammatory and carminative; was even used as an antimicrobial agent during WWI! There is also some preliminary research suggesting its ability to reduce the severity of migraine headaches. From sweet to savoury dishes, English Lavender owns its versatile superiority in culinary use. Try adding the flowers as a splash of colour to a salad, or use in a Herbes de Provence blend to spice meat! Remember, a little goes a long way.  Lavender blue flower spikes appear on long stems in mid summer, lasting about 3-4 weeks. Harvest just before the buds open, to optimize oil retention, and hang stems upside down in bunches in a warm dry spot for a few weeks. Commonly grown in rock gardens or as a border plant. Pollinator friendly & deer resistant!  Like any other variety, English Lavender must be located in full sun and planted in well drained alkaline sandy soil, ideally in a raised bed or rock garden as they are prone to root rot if conditions are too wet. Perfect for borders, rock gardens and containers.. After the second year of growth, begin pruning once or twice a year, cutting back a third of its foliage. This will help maintain their shape, leaf and flower production as well as prevent woodyness. Ht. 2-3 feet.
S3625 Seeds $2.50/pkt
S3625-001 SowNatural(tm) Seeds $3.25/pkt
S3625-001 SowNatural(tm) Bulk Seeds $28.00/10g, $204.00/100g
S3625 Bulk Seeds $9.00/10g, $72.00/100g
Currency: United States Dollar

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