Lavender’s history can be traced back all the way to ancient Egypt. Did you know that when King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1923, there was said to be a faint scent of lavender that could still be detected after 3,000 years? The Romans also used lavender to fragrance their baths and introduced both the baths and as perfumes.
Lavender is an essential part of many gardens. It’s not only aromatic but beautiful as well making it a treat for the eyes and nose, as well as the body. But how do you know which plant is right for you? There are, after all, several varieties of lavender, so we’ll focus on the three most popular and widely grown varieties, however, there are about 40 different types of lavender.
If you choose to grow lavender, the first step is to choose the right variety for the climate you live in. This will affect the scent of the flowers and any essential oils you make, the flavor of any teas, and the flavor of the foods you use it on, so keep that in mind when making your selection.
- French Lavender (Lavandula dentata) is better for the humid South, where they’re often grown as annuals. Use moderate amounts when cooking as this lavender can overpower a dish. French types do well in climate zones 8-11.
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