- botanical name: Lavandula multifida
- annual, perennial zone 9-11
- height 18-48″
- spacing 15-18″ apart
- full sun tolerant
- average-mildly alkaline, well-drained soil
- flower color violet
- uses in garden: great in containers, cut flower, dried flower, drought tolerant, fragrant
- use in sweet treats, lavender ice cream, marinating blends, potpourri, sachets
- attracts bees and butterflies
- deer resistant, leaves help repel mosquitoes
Fernleaf Lavender is one of the more tender varieties of lavender, but it can be over wintered in the zone 5 climate. It is a particularly tall and elegant variety, growing up to four feet with unusual blue flowers at the tip of high stalks. Fernleaf Lavender blooms continuously! Shear old flowers to promote new ones.
Lavender can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. It is sometimes used for flavoring cookies and candy, and for marinating meats in a blend with other herbs such as thyme and marjoram. Find great Lavender recipes here!
Due to its long germination time, lavender is not often started from seed. Instead, the recommended method is to take cuttings in the summer, from the side shoots of the plants. Each cutting should be between two to three inches long. Place the cuttings in moist, sandy soil four to six inches apart. You can also start them in plug trays or in pots. Keep the soil moist – but not wet, to help encourage root growth. Transplant outside when plants are well established.
Requires well-drained soil. If growing in a pot, using soil with sand, perlite, or vermiculite will aid in drainage.
Well-dried flowers will retain their scent for a long time if dried and stored properly. Harvest leaves and/or flowers just before the flowers are open fully. Cut the stems in the morning after the dew has evaporated and the humidity is low. Hang in bunches in a dry, airy location – or use drying racks or screens when the temperature is high (90 degrees or above is ideal). When completely dry, strip flower heads off stems to use in sachets or potpourri. Store in airtight container. To use in flower arrangements leave stems intact. When stems are still pliable they may be woven together to make wreaths or lavender wands.