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Lavandula Genus

Lavender

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Lavandula genus (Lavender). These are fragrant, evergreen, aromatic shrubs; there are about 25 species, They will produce attractive lacy, fragrant usually greyish foliage which is entire or divided. The flowers are small mauve-purple or bluish purple.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Fragrants

Origin

Mediterranean

Interest and use

Grown for their aromatic foliage and flowers which attract bees and butterflies. Also medicinally in the production of essential oil for example, as a remedy for sunburn, or to promote sleep. Occasional culinary use. Makes effective container plants, low hedging and ground cover. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

They will prefer full sun with fertile, well-drained soil; they will thrive in both acidic and alkaline soils. Trim hedges lightly in spring to maintain a compact habit.

Propagation

You can propagate seed or by dropping in the spring, by heel cuttings, or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may cause problems.

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