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Val

English Lavender

{ Lavandula Angus; English Lavender; True Lavender; Lavender }

£4.50 - £15.00

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About Val

Val is truly a magical plant: this purple beauty has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb, treating everything from anxiety to insomnia, depression, headaches, hair loss, nausea, and much more. Her first-ever recorded use comes from ancient Egypt, where she was made into oils that were important to the mummification process. Fast forward to ancient Rome, where she was used in bathing rituals because of her antiseptic properties - in fact, her botanical name comes from the Latin 'lavare', which literally means 'to wash'.

Val makes a great addition to the garden for her lovely smell and cheery look. She blooms in midsummer and tends to stay in flower for 3-4 weeks; after her buds open, trim off a bunch of her stalks and use them in essential oils for some aromatherapy action, or in tea as a sleep aid.

Quick Facts:

Botanical name: Lavandula angus

Nicknames: English Lavender, True Lavender, Lavender

Plant type: Evergreen perennial shrub / Outdoor

Toxicity: Toxic to animals

Current height: 15-25cm; 25-45cm

Nursery Pot: 13cm; 23cm.

Pro level: Easy

How to care for Val

The basics

Try to plant Val in a spot with plenty of light - growing her in a shady spot will result in lowered flower production.

Val isn't a fan of being overwatered. If the top few inches of her soil is moist, then she doesn't need a drink. Give her some water if it hasn't rained in a while and you notice her soil is quite dry.

Val needs to live in a well-drained pot - when planting her out of her nursery pot, use a mix our multi-purpose compost and a bit of drainage material. (around 30%). If her foliage goes a bit yellow, it can mean her soil isn't draining properly.

Going the extra mile

If Val is planted in the garden, you should remove any weeds that appear near her so she can really thrive. Equally, both container-grown and garden-grown Vals should be pruned immediately after flowering to encourage maximum growth. Use a pair of sanitised secateurs of scissors to cut back around a third to half the plant, snipping right to about two inches above to soft wood at the base of the stalk.