The Lavender plant is one of the most gardening’s favorite perennial. This is an aromatic, bushy, spreading shrub that produces flowers high above the foliage. Lavender plants produce sweetly scented flowers from late spring to early autumn.
Lavender flowers are spike-like flowers composed of multiple, tiny florets on slender, elegant stems. They come in different shades of blue, violet and lilac colors. These flowers are prized for their fragrance, color and beauty. They are used for many purposes which include decorative, culinary, medicinal, and aromatherapy.
There are 39 species of different Lavender plants occurring in the mint family, Laminaceae (Labiatae). They produce flowers slightly different sizes, forms and smells. The most popular varieties of Lavender are the English, Spanish and French Lavender.
English Lavender, known also as the “true lavender” is cultivated for its essential oil specifically because it has the longest-lasting fragrance. English Lavender is widely used for culinary, cosmetic and medicinal purposes. French Lavender is used as a decorative plant in landscaping. Spanish Lavender is suitable for gardens in hot humid climates. Spanish Lavender is probably what the ancient Greeks and Romans used to scent their bath water.
Lavender plants are native to the Mediterranean region, south to northern Africa, and east to southeastern India but now cultivated in gardens world-wide.
Lavender flowers can be grown in zones 5-8. Lavender plants are tough plants and can easily adapt itself to droughty conditions.They are heat-, wind-tolerant and deer resistant. Lavender plants do not attract pests. To grow Lavender flowers, a well-drained, sandy and stony site with full sun is necessary.
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