Considered an essential herb, True or English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has grey-green foliage in clusters with short spikes of violet-blue flowers. It is valued highly for cutting and drying and for the aromatic fragrance and essential oils it produces. Plants grow 12-20″ tall. (Perennial in zones 5-9)
Each packet contains approximately 250 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Lavender thrives in sites with loose, fast-draining soil and good air circulation. Start indoors using a light potting mix, barely cover seeds, and keep planting trays warm until germination occurs. Seedlings can be moved outside after several sets of leaves appear and plants are strong. Extremely drought resistant — do NOT over-water.
Harvest stems and blossoms as needed using garden snips. Do NOT cut off more than 1/3 of the stems at any one time. Flowers will keep their pleasant aroma for several months after cutting. To dry, tie in small bundles and hang upside down in a well-ventillated room.