Lavender is a fantastic beginning herbalist’s plant to grow and use on the homestead.
Growing lavender is incredibly easy. It requires little maintenance and is very tolerant to drought or over-watering. It attracts beneficial insects to your garden, and repels mosquitoes and other pests.
When selecting your lavender, it is important to be aware of all of the different species of lavender. All lavenders fall into the Lavandula family, but there are 39 distinct varietals.
Commonly, Lavandula angustifolia is the strain of lavender used in essential oils and healing remedies. It is also known as “true” lavender, English lavender, garden lavender, common lavender or narrow-leaved lavender.