Although commonly referred to as "English" lavender, it is said to have originated in the mountains of Northern Spain and the western Mediterranean region. It has been cultivated as an ornamental and medicinal plant for centuries. The Romans used it for aromatic purposes in their washing water and baths.
When in bloom, the sweet smelling blossoms attract butterflies and are said to repel deer. It can be used in a moon garden
to add texture and fragrance. Use caution when planting other fragrant plants near lavender as it can sometimes be overpowered by other scented flowers.
Lavender can sometimes be a bit difficult to get started. The optimal soil temperature for germination is 68ºF (20ºC) but if no seedlings emerge within three to four weeks, try placing your pot in a plastic bag and subjecting them to temperature of 24º to 39ºF (-4º to 4ºC) for two to four weeks before returning to 68ºF. This simulates a "winter cycle."
Once established, lavender does well in low water, drought conditions and can tolerate low temperatures. It does not do well in heavy, continually wet soils.
It is perennial that is hardy down to USDA zone 5. Each packet contains 0.1 gram, which is approximately 80 seeds.
Historically, lavender has been medicinally for various ailments, either in the form of an oil or as an herbal tea, as an aromatic, carminative and nervine.
Some sources report that it is effective at curing headaches, especially when related to stress, and to aide against weakness associated with depression. Externally, lavender oil has been used as a stimulating liniment helping to ease aches and pains of rheumatism.
It was used as a condiment to "comfort the stomach
as a component sent of various perfumes, and as a massage and aroma therapy oil. Dried lavender flowers are used in sachets as a moth repellent.
The reported preferred temperature for vaporizing and aromatherapy is 266°F (130°C).