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Fringed Lavender

Lavandula dentata

Toothed Lavender, Spanish Lavender, French Lavender

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France was first to cultivate it! This group can not be used medicinally, but makes wonderful potpourri and cosmetic products. Popular with landscapers with grey and green leave variants. It has obvious toothed leaves and short, thick flowers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest flowers and leaves as needed, especially in summer.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds can be sown in Autumn, when seeds are ripe. Sow seeds by sprinkling seeds over soil. Keep the soil moist and germination should take two weeks. Thin out too closely germinated plants or replant.
Cuttings
Make 5 to 10 cm cuttings during the growing period. Place them in deep seed trays or six packs in a cold frame for two weeks or until rooted.
Layering
Select a long stem and remove 10 - 15 cm of foliage, leaving 10 cm at the tip of the branch. Cover the bare section with moist soil. Once rooted,cut new plants from mother plant and replant.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies.
Repels harmful insects
Due to the high volatile oil content it repels moths, fleas, flies and mosquitoes.
Drought resistant
This highly drought resistant species can withstand many weeks without water.
Pot plant
Great pot plant as it can flourish in any sized pot in a sunny veranda, stoep or balcony.
Hedge plant
This can be used as a great hedge to create a formal border, or for a loosely planted wild looking hedge for any sunny spot.
Crop rotation
Light Feeder

Geography

Origin
This species originates from Europe in the Mediterranean areas, North Africa, Spain, Madeira and Cape Verde Islands.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Teas
Flavour herbal tea - often used as sweetner in the place of sugar!
Pest deterrent
Keep mice out of cupboards...
Notes
Medicinal, teas, tussie mussies

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Purple-blue
Scent
Strong

Problems

The plant is a natural pest repellent. If present, the numbers are not significant. Attack by fungal pathogens that only start to affect the plant if given an abundance of water, or if the plant is planted in a poorly draining soil mixture.

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