Prized for its tiny fragrant flowers, this mint-family perennial is an easy-care garden staple dating back thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, only queens could wear prized lavender perfume. Later, lavender was found to repel disease-transmitting fleas during The Black Plague. Today, lavender’s camphor-rich scent is still a soothing ingredient in medicinal, cosmetic and culinary preparations.
Harvest flowers throughout summer, up to a third of flowers at a time. Thin spots help air circulate. Give lavender a Halloween haircut, pruning shrubs down to the size of a fragrant porcupine.
Once reserved only for Egyptian queens, lavender is used the world around for its medicinal, cosmetic, culinary & aesthetic properties.