Lavender

Animal Safety:
Dogs: With Care
Cats: With Care
Rabbits: Yes

Free Grazing: In Moderation

Lifespan: Perennial
Sow: March to May
Flowers: July to September
Prune: August to September

Soil Type: Well drained soil
Position: Likes the full sun
Growth: Up to 24 “ high, but could be less if grown in smaller pots.
Varieties: Over 47 varieties with colours from blue, lilac, purple to a very dark purple.

Growing information: Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Lavenders flourish best in dry, well-drained, sandy or gravelly soils in full sun.
Some lavender can become leggy and get less flowers. This is usually due to not being pruned enough. Although remember not to prune into old wood as this can restrict growth too.
To rejuvenate a woody plant, prune in mid-August to just above a green shoot and hope for the best. If new shoots don’t appear within the next month you might be better off starting again.

Lavender can cope in temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees centigrade, so can be left outside all year round, even in pots.

How to use:
Free grazing: In strict moderation Rabbits can consume lavender, but due to the strong natural scent of lavender most rabbits will choose not to eat it.

Dried: Can be use as room fresheners around the house. Also can act as a natural fly repellent. It is also used as a natural calming scent for both animals and humans. Even there is very little scientific facts about the calming nature of lavender, I can confirm I use it and it does calm me down.

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