Lavender Plant Info

Lavender is a fragrant and beautiful herb belonging to the mint family. It’s native to the Mediterranean region, where it has been cultivated for its aromatic, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The herb is prized for its essential oil, which is often used in perfumes, cosmetics, aromatherapy, and culinary products. It’s also a popular garden plant, because it attracts bees, and butterflies, with its purple or blue flowers. 

Lavandula
English lavender
French lavender
Spanish lavender
Italian lavender
Portuguese lavender
Woolly lavender
Fernleaf lavender
Spike lavender
Sweet lavender
Broadleaf lavender
Lavandin
Dutch lavender
Egyptian lavender
Grosso lavender
Provence lavender
Munstead lavender
Hidcote lavender
English lavender
French lavender
Lavandin
Grosso
Purple, blue, pink, white, or lavender flowers

Water

The herb needs moderate watering during its first year of establishment and during dry spells. Hydrate infrequently but deeply and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Generally, it needs more water in hot and dry climates than in cool and humid climates.

Sunlight

The herb needs at least 6 to 8 hours of sun a day. It doesn't appreciate shade or partial shade, which can reduce flowering and increase disease susceptibility.

Soil

Lavender needs well-drained soil that is sandy, loamy, or gravelly. It doesn't like heavy or clay soils that retain moisture and prevent air circulation. The herb can benefit from adding organic matter like compost or aged manure to improve drainage and fertility.

Fertilizer

It can benefit from being fed a balanced or low-nitrogen fertilizer in spring and fall.

Pruning

Prune the plant in late winter or early spring to remove dead or diseased branches and to shape the plant. Cut back one-third to one-half of the plant's height, leaving some green foliage on each stem.

Propagation

By seed, cutting, layering, or division.

Thrives in

Full sun and need well-drained soil. They also need moderate watering and good air circulation.

Toxicity

Generally safe for humans and pets when used in moderation.

Pests & Diseases

Aphids
Spider mites
Whiteflies
Root rot
Powdery mildew
Leaf spot

Landscaping Ideas

Border
Hedge
Container
Rock garden
Knot garden

Last Updated: September 20, 2023

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