Pink Lavender

The true lavender !
Common name : Pink Lavender
Scientific name : Lavandula angustifolia
Family : Lamiaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
English or Pink lavender is commonly grown as an ornamental plant. It is popular for its colourful flowers, its fragrance, and its ability to survive with low water consumption. It does not grow well in continuously damp soil and may benefit from increased drainage provided by inorganic mulches such as gravel. It does best in Mediterranean climates similar to its native habitat, characterised by wet winters and dry summers. It is fairly tolerant of low temperatures.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 30 - 60
pH 6 - 7

Identify my pink lavender

Lavender is a dicotyledon shrub in the Lamiaceae family and the Lavandula genus whose flowers are often mauve or purple and arranged in ears. Most species are very fragrant and are largely used in the perfume industry. It is a honey-producing plant that is very sought after by bees! We distinguish between 4 species: Lavandula angustifolia, or true lavender, originally used in perfumeries, Lavandula latifolia, or spike lavender with a more camphor scent, Lavandula ├Ś intermedia, a hybrid of the first two which is predominantly cultivated today, and finally Lavandula stoechas, or French lavender, or topped lavender, a wild lavender with large unusual flowers.

Plant my pink lavender

Lavender enjoys almost anywhere in France and countries with a temperate climate as long as it has a lot of sunlight. Plant it in autumn or possibly in spring. Choose a sunny spot and a rather chalky and well-drained soil: lavender hates to have cold feet! If your soil is too claylike, mix it with sand to lighten it.

Water my pink lavender

Lavender demands water only during the first weeks after planting, during high heat periods, and even more often if it's potted. Know that it handles a lack of water better than too much water!

Prune my pink lavender

In February-March, cut down a few inches from the previous year's growth, so as to keep lavender in a compact shape Never cut too short on the defoliated wood, because in this case it might not grow again : instead, cut the soft wood.

Reap my pink lavender

After flowering, you can cut the flower stems - and keep them for months or even years after drying them : hang small bouquets in a dark and dry area.

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