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Lavandula - Lavender
Sweet Lavender is one of
the well-beloved, fragrant plants of the old-fashioned
garden. It was a favorite because of its delicate odor.
Lavender (Lavandula vera) grows from 1 1/2 feet
to 3 feet high, has downy, silvery gray foliage and
long spikes of blue lavender flowers. It blooms from
July through September and produces flowers very freely.
There are two dwarfer varieties: L. nana compacta
with large blue flowers, and the Munstead Lavender
with dark blue flowers, both of which grow 12 inches
high and bloom several weeks earlier than the type.
L. spica, the common Lavender, is dwarfer and
has light colored flowers.
UTILIZE. Many persons make
small sachet bags to put among linens by drying the
leaves and flowers in the Summertime. Because of the
gray foliage, Lavender is used to great advantage in
borders. It is also grown for low hedges, or on dry
banks and in the rock garden. The flowers are good for
GENERAL. Lavender requires
a sunny situation and light soil. Slight protection
during the Winter months is also needed.
PROPAGATION. Young plants
are easily started from seeds sown early in the Spring.
They should not be sown too deeply, and after the plants
appear, they should be kept shaded and moist until real
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