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About This Plant...
Family: Labiatae
Genus and species: Lavandula angustifolia
Plant type: perennial
Height and width: 18-36 inches high; 24 inches wide
Location and soil: sun or partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Uses: dried leaves and flowers in cosmetics, potpourris, and sachets
Propagation methods: seeds and cuttings
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 8-12 weeks
When to transplant to garden: 1-2 weeks before last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: 1-2 weeks before last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time:
Germination temp.:
Days to maturity: 60 days
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 18 inches
Spacing between rows: 18 inches
Growing On...
Harvest: just before the last flowers on the flower spikes have opened, cut stems and hang them upside down in bunches in a warm, airy place to dry, then remove leaves and flowers (or store spikes whole) in an airtight jar
Growing tips: flowers are very fragrant and make good landscape plants when planted in groups

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