Lavandula Antigustifolia is also known as Lavandula Officinalis and Lavandula Spica. It is well known as a medicinal plant. Its scented voilet-blue flowers and grey leaves are used for pot-pourri and for scented sachets. In its infusion form Lavandula has a sedative calming effect and is also used to treat headaches and reducing tension.
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Keep the plant moist in Summer and water only when the soil gets dry in Winter, avoid over watering.
Re-pot every year using well drained soil mixed with time released fertilizer.
Sow seeds in gentle heat using seed and cutting compost in late Winter or early Spring. Just cover seeds with compost and transplant seedlings when they become large enough to handle. Not all seeds will show at once and don't discard container until well over the time suggested.
Propagate by cuttings of non flowering shoots taken in Summer or by firmer cuttings taken in mid Autumn outdoors in sheltered place.
Lavandula is a Mediterranean herb and prefers to grow in a sunny spot and dry soil.
If flowers are required for drying, they should be cut just before they are fully open, tied in small bundles and suspended head downwards in a cool, airy place not in direct sunlight.
As the flowers fade, trim back in mid Spring to encourage fresh growth, otherwise it becomes spindly and woody. Do not cut into old wood.
Well drained soil.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.