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English Lavender

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  • English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), also known as true lavender or common lavender, is a popular flowering herb that is widely grown for its fragrant flowers and leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region but is now widely cultivated around the world.


    English lavender is a small shrub that typically grows to 1-3 feet tall and wide. It has narrow, gray-green leaves that are highly aromatic and small, fragrant flowers that bloom in dense spikes in shades of lavender, purple, blue, and white.


    The flowers of English lavender are highly fragrant and are used in a variety of applications, including aromatherapy, perfumery, and culinary uses. The essential oil extracted from the flowers is also widely used in skincare and hair care products.


    English lavender is a relatively easy plant to grow, and prefers well-drained soil and full sun. It is also drought-tolerant and can be grown in containers, making it a popular choice for gardens, patios, and balconies.

    Plant Spacing: 9-12 Inches

    Days to Maturity: 90-200 Days

    Seeds per pack: 25

    • Choose a sunny location: English lavender needs full sun to grow and produce flowers. Choose a location in your garden that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day.

    • Prepare the soil: English lavender prefers well-draining soil that is slightly alkaline (pH 7.0 to 7.5). If your soil is heavy or clay-like, amend it with sand or gravel to improve drainage. Add compost or other organic matter to the soil to improve soil fertility and structure.

    • Plant the lavender: Plant lavender in the spring or fall, and space the plants about 2-3 feet apart. Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball and backfill with soil, pressing it down firmly around the roots.

    • Water regularly: Water the lavender deeply but infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Avoid getting water on the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases.

    • Prune the lavender: Prune the lavender in the spring to promote bushy growth and to remove any dead or damaged stems. Cut back about one-third of the plant, leaving some green growth at the base.

    • Fertilize sparingly: English lavender does not require a lot of fertilizer. Use a balanced fertilizer sparingly in the spring and again in the fall to provide the plant with the nutrients it needs to grow and produce flowers.

    • Harvest the flowers: Harvest the flowers when they are in full bloom, usually in mid-summer. Cut the stems just below the flower spike, and use the flowers fresh or dried for culinary or aromatherapy purposes.

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