Height: 2-3' (60-90cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Mauve, purple, pink, white ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Lamiales (Nettle Order) Family: Lamiaceae (Nettle Family) Genus: Lavandula (Lavender) Species: angustifolia (with narrow leaves) ____________________________________
Lavandula angustifolia is one of the most familiar cottage garden plants. It is a woody shrub, although many people would not recognise it as such. It is a perennial plant about two feet high, with flower stems rising to about 3', with evergreen, thin, greyish leaves. Although the base may be woody and gnarled, it makes lush, greener growth very quickly in spring, with a dense cloud of the familiar purple flower spikes in summer.
Both leaves and flowers are aromatic, and the dried flowers have traditionally been used to make lavender bags for keeping linen smelling fresh or for use in lavender pillows to aid a good night's rest.
Lavander is used in herbal medicine and homeopathy. The oil is used to make perfume.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Spring or Autumn
Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are at the bottom of the calyx.
Seed The seeds are small flattish dark brown nuts. There are four seeds from each individual
flower on the flower spike.
Seedling The seedling has narrow greyish leaves.
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