Lavender, Hidcote (Lavandula Angustifolia Hicote) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
One of our absolute favorites. Whether you're using it as hedges, medicinal purposes (sleep, stress relief, and opening sinuses) or even as an essential oil, it's hard to not fall in love with the stunning Lavender Hidcote. Lavender angustifolia is one of the richest in essential oils, meaning more fragrance power both fresh and dried. And this 'Hidcote Blue' cultivar has a more erect, compact habit and darker flowers, so it's perfect for hedges. Fresh flowers can be crystallized and used in candies and cakes; dried flowers are used in potpourris and sachets; oils are used in creams and perfumes. And these are only some of the more common uses - imagination can create endless more! An evergreen perennial, Lavender 'Hidcote Blue' has a subtle blue-green coloring and sweet fragrance. Reaching 12 to 18 inches high and wide, it boasts 2½-inch, linear, downy leaves on strong stems. The leaves first open white, then turn a pale gray-blue-green color. Stalks of the deepest purple flowers grow up to 14 inches tall.
Lavender flowers are used to lift the spirits and allay nausea and are said to have a slight sedative quality. Lavender infusion or oil is used for spasms, colic, and neuralgia, internally as well as externally. Lavender oil is effective topically for burns, and a few drops of it may be added to baths before bedtime for persons with sleep disorders. Lavender has long been used in traditional medicine for nervous stomach, spasmodic conditions, flatulence, nervous headache, neuralgia, and vomiting.
Growing Lavender Hidcote from seed is very rewarding! Sow Lavender seeds indoors 8 - 10 weeks before the last frost. Use sterile starter mix and sow the herb seeds on the surface, pressing them into the soil. Cover the Lavender seeds very lightly as they need light for germination. Transplant Lavender seedlings outdoors in mid-spring once frost danger has passed.
USDA Zones: 6-9
Height: 10-18 inches
Bloom Season: Early to late summer
Average Germ Time: 14-21 days
Light Required: Full sun
Watering: Keep moist
Soil: Gritty, well-drained, and slightly alkaline soils preferred.
Seeds per Plant: 5
Plant Spacing: 18 inches
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