Lavender, English Tall (Organic)
Lavandula angustifolia. Perennial in zones 5-10.
With its divine smell and color, lavender deserves a spot in every garden. English Tall Lavender is the traditional type with long stems and dark purple flowers. Tiny, purple, highly fragrant flowers form on small spikes. Silvery grey foliage. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb, and is now widely used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation. Crafty uses for the little purple flower wands are endless. It is essential in potpourri or can be sown into sachets by itself to perfume linens and repel pests. Also great in the kitchen (lavender lemonade, anyone?). Very easy to grow, lavender thrives on neglect, is hardy to zone 5, and prefers good drainage.
Surface sow indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost. Keep moist but do not over-water. Germination may be slow and erratic, but is best when soil temp 70˚F. Transplant starts to 12”-18″ spacing. Susceptible to crown rot; plant shallowly in well-drained soil. Tolerant of poor growing conditions.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Thresh by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur. Isolate from other varieties of same species by ¼ mile.
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