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Lavender – English


An EVERGREEN SHRUB growing to 1.2m with aromatic silver-green to green foliage and spikes of lavender-purple flowers. Noted for attracting wildlife, especially bees. It grows in most soils, preferring a well-drained soil in full sun. Can grow in alkaline and saline soils.
Leaves, petals and flowering tips are eaten, and medicinally it is a useful household remedy.

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The aromatic floral flavour from leaves and flowers is slightly bitter and should be used sparingly. Fresh or dried flowers can be used as a tea, and can be crystallised.
Lavender is known as a calming and soothing herb, and can be added to sedative tea blends. Externally used it is soothing to the skin and can be a powerful antiseptic. Although an infusion works well, therapeutically it is most often the extracted essential oil that is used.
Use as an insence, in pot-pourri blends, and as an insect repellent.

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(Lavandula angustifolia)