True Lavender is in the mint family and is native to the Mediterranean. Plants grow 20-30 inches tall and produce purple flower clusters in mid-summer, which attract honey bees and bumble bees. Lavender can be used in beds & borders and also makes a good ground cover if planted in masses. Requires full sun and well-drained soils. The fragrance is very aromatic and distinctive. The essential oil is said to have a soothing and calming effect, and the dried flowers are used in perfumes, soaps, sachets and for freshening the air in houses. Culinary uses: tea, soups, vinegars and desserts.
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