Elegance Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
Elegance Lavender is one of the “Herbs” I grow in my container garden. I got it as a small Bonnie plant from Home Depot a few weeks ago, and repotted it in a 10” terra-cotta pot with crushed marble gravel as mulch.
Based on my research, I think Elegance Lavender is a type of English Lavender. The plant isn’t native to England (Lavender originates from the Mediterranean), but it is grown there. Lavender Jelly was said to be Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite Jelly.
It’s a nice plant with a fantastic smell, even when it’s not sporting it’s beautiful purple flowers. Lavender is a pretty low-maintenance plant with loads of great uses and ornamental value.
Lavender is in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Lavender is a perennial, meaning that it can live for more than two years, and it’s native to the Mediterranean. With a tight shrub-like shape, silvery-green foliage, and upright (usually) purple flower spikes, Lavender is often used as a border hedge (Egyptian lavender) but you can also grow it in containers.
Lavender is a tough plant and drought resistant, so it thrives with dry soil and hot sun.
Lavender is hard to grow from seeds, so it’s recommended to start with seedlings or cuttings.
The Romans recognized a few varieties of of Lavender including Spanish Lavender (L. stoechas and L. pedunculata) and French Lavender (L. dentata). In ancient Roman markets, one pound of lavender flowers cost the equivalent of a month’s wages for a farmer worker, or about 50 haircuts.
Ideal Growing Conditions
Lavender prefers dry, well-drained soil, so add some sand or gravel into your potting mix. Lavender needs at least 6 hours of full sun and good air circulation.
Apparently, it hates humidity, and American Meadows says “it’s almost impossible to grow lavender in South Florida.” They go on to say that “if you fail with lavender, it will probably be due to over-watering.”
Deer hate Lavender but pollinators love it, so if you’re trying to deter deer and attract butterflies and bees – Lavender is a great plant for you. Lavender promotes restfulness, reduces stress/anxiety, and could be effective in combating antifungal-resistant infections.
You can also use Lavender for tea and it pairs great with citrus and berries. It’s added to baked goods like cookies, lemon bars, and cakes as well.
Lavender Sugar can be made by blending 1 tablespoon of dried lavender and slowly adding 2 cups of sugar until well combined. This is great for lemonade or tea.
Lavender essential oil is great for burns and itchy bug bites, but you probably won’t DIY some this weekend, producing true essential oil requires a lot of lavender buds and steam distilling.
Lavender is one of my favorite plants, which is why I grow it in hot-and-humid South Florida, Zone 10a, where it will never do very great. While it will never really thrive, it will still smell pretty awesome and look cool, abet dwarfed.