Flaring petals from compact bracts crown slender stems. Very attractive bushes of aromatic grey/green foliage. Favoured by citizens of the Roman Empire for fragrance. Easy to grow and trouble free.
Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.
By Marilyn Hadley 18-06-2011
I bought French Lavender seeds, 50 in a pack. All my friends had bought French Lavender plants, but they were quite expensive. So I thought I would have a try with the seeds. It stated on the packet seeds could be slow to germinate, between 1 - 5 months and if germination did not occur in the given time, place in fridge. All 50 of my seeds germinated within 1 week and they are happily growing up. It looks like I am going to have 50 French Lavender Plants for under £3.00. What a bargain that was.
Sow in trays, pots, etc of good seed compost in a propagator or warm place to maintain an optimum temperature of 60-65F (15-18C). Sow in well drained compost, just covering the seed with compost. Sow at any time of year. Germination can be slow. After sowing, seal container in a polythene bag and leave at 60-65F (15-18C) for 2 weeks, then place in a refrigerator (not freezer) for 3-6 weeks. After this return to the recommended germination temperature. If germination does not occur in 6-10 weeks return to the fridge for a further 3-6 weeks. Examine regularly whilst in the fridge and remove immediately the seeds show signs of germinating.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots. Grow on in a cold frame and plant out the following spring. Space the plants 30cm (12in) apart in full sun.
Prefers a well drained soil.