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Herbs & Heirlooms: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

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Herbs & Heirlooms: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
On August 13th the St. Louis Herb Society and Garden staff will feature lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) in the Victorian District for Herbs & Heirlooms Tuesday.

Lavender is an herbaceous perennial that blooms from June to August with purple, showy and fragrant flowers and colorful, fragrant leaves. Because of their smell lavender plants attract butterflies, and are added to sachets and potpourris as well as being used in oils for perfumes.

This semi-woody plant typically grows in well-drained soil with full sun. It can tolerate dry, rocky, and shallow soil as well as drought, air pollution, deer, and rabbits. In St. Louis, it has difficulty with the high humidity of our summers and the stress of our winters. To combat this, consider using rock instead of organic mulch to deal with the humidity and a sheltered location for winter protection.

Lavender is normally used as a cut or dried flower, but it is a versatile garden plant and can be considered for a wide variety of uses outside of the herb garden. It can be used for its brilliant color, in a rock garden, scented garden, or as an edger for some areas.

From 10 a.m. to noon this Tuesday, the first 200 participants will be able to take home their own lavender plant so they can decide what uses they will give this perennial! Join our garden experts in order to help your backyard kitchen grow and to learn more about this fascinating herb!

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