Lavender, Munstead (Lavandula angustifolia) - 30 Seeds

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Lavender Munstead (Lavandula angustifolia) - 30 Seeds

•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•Zones 4-9

Description:
Wonderful for herb sachets and pillows, potpourri and fresh or dried arrangements, 'Munstead' retains its beautiful color and scent after drying. Also a delicious culinary herb, you can add Lavender to your favorite summer drinks and salads or to lend a wonderfully light flavor to fish, meat or soups. Lavender 'Munstead' is also a great choice for pots and containers as it has a smaller habit than other varieties. Flowering early, this dwarf variety of Lavender is more shrub-like than its other English relations and is much more adaptive to heat and humidity than any of the other varieties. Deadheading will keep this fragrant herb blooming continuously from spring through summer.

Medicinal Uses:
Also considered a medicinal herb, 'Munstead' has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. Used to cure everything from headaches to sunburns, the soothing scent of its oil relaxes the mind, while collagen regenerating agents in the plant renew your skin. Long used for various ailments in traditional folk medicine, French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse brought Lavender to the attention of the modern medical world in 1928. After sustaining an accidental burn in his lab and placing Lavender oil on the damaged area, he noted that it resisted infection, healed more quickly and had less scarring than if left to heal on its own. The best varieties for medicinal use are 'Munstead' and 'Hidcote', as they are non-hybridized varieties.

Growing Instructions:
SOWING: Direct seeding is not recommended. Transplant recommended: Sow seeds 1/8" deep in a flat 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Seeds require some light for germination. Transplant to individual pots when the plants are large enough to handle. Transplant to the field in the spring after the last frost. Plant shallowly, so the soil line is just above the top roots of the plant. Space plants 12-18" apart in rows 24-36" apart. In late fall, clip plants back to below the flower stems and mulch heavily. During the second year, cuttings can be taken from August-November, when the stems are semi-hardened, but before they have been subjected to a hard freeze.

•DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 65–70°F (18–21°C).
•LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
•SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Plant in a light, well-drained, gravelly soil. Lavender likes a protected, south-facing location. Soil that is slightly acidic to slightly alkaline is most desirable. If the soil pH falls below 6.5, the soil should be treated with lime to adjust the pH to no more than 8.3.
•PLANT HEIGHT: 12-18".
•PLANT SPACING: 12-18".
•HARDINESS ZONES: Varies.
•HARVEST: Harvest the flower spikes on a dry, warm, sunny day just as the flowers are about to open. Hang to dry in a dry, well-ventilated space out of direct sunlight.
•SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lavandula angustifolia