(Lavandula angustifolia) (aka True Lavender) Western Mediterranean native.
Essential herb with grey-green clustered foliage and
short spikes of violet-blue flowers. Highly valued
for cutting, drying, and the aromatic fragrance and
essential oils it produces. Plants grow 12-20" tall.
Perennial in zones 5-9.
6-8 weeks before last frost
Green Thumb Tip Sow seeds indoors just beneath surface of soil.
Success is greatly improved if seeds are placed with
soil into a plastic bag and refrigerated for 4-6 weeks.
Once removed from refrigeration, place in an area
that is between 55-65°F. Plant out after the danger of
frost has passed in late spring. Prefers well-drained,
somewhat poor soil and is tolerant of drought.