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If people know one herb by sight or smell, it’s often this beautifully fragrant specimen. True or English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) grows aromatic silvery-green leaves and small clusters of purple flowers that are easy to collect and dry. Plant it near walkways to enjoy its calming scent. 18-20 inches tall. Hardy perennial in zones 5-9, but may need protection in colder climates.
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-ventilated room.