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Lavender flower

Lavender flower: appreciated since ancient times for its many properties

Lavender flower belongs to the Lamiaceae family and the genus is referred to as Lavandula. It is an evergreen plant that can easily adapt to various climatic conditions and is typical of Mediterranean countries. The name lavender derives from the Latin wash, in order to indicate the main reason why this flower was widely used in the past, that is to cleanse the body. Lavender has been known since ancient times thanks to its numerous and important anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, analgesic and anti-neuralgic properties. It can therefore be used to relieve pain such as: rheumatic pain of joint or muscle origin, stiff neck, sciatica, back pain and headache. The numerous properties of lavender also include: bactericicidal power, anti-parasitic properties against lice,

How to grow lavender flowers

Lavender flower can be grown both in the ground and in pots and the cultivation of this flower can take place using the seeds or by cuttings. As for the cultivation of lavender with seeds, the sowing period coincides with the autumn or spring period. Cultivation by cuttings instead takes place using sprigs of lavender which must be at least 10 cm long. If you grow lavender in the ground it is necessary that there is space between one plant and another, while if you grow it in pot it is advisable to repot it in a larger pot and above all keep the soil well drained. It is advisable to place the lavender flowers in very sunny places, not to do too much watering and above all to avoid the formation of stagnant water.


Lavender flower is much appreciated for its colors that allow it to give a very strong decorative touch and with the appropriate precautions it is possible to make these flowers last for a long time. It is advisable to carry out the pruning of the lavender floweras soon as the flowering period is over, eliminating all the dry parts and about two thirds of the foliage. Pruning should be done taking care to leave a couple of pairs of buds per stem and for some time the plant will look bald, but don’t worry as they bloom again and are stronger than before. However, care must be taken not to cut too much and especially in old wood as you risk dying the lavender flowers that sprout only on new wood. Pruning should be done in March during the vegetative restart and not in August after flowering.

How to cure and protect lavender from pests and diseases


Lavender flower is very resistant, however it can happen that it is attacked by pests and diseases, for this reason it is important to know how to recognize the possible risks for the plant and the remedies. Common causes of lavender disease include: septoria spp, rosellinia spp, armillaria spp, phytophtora and amv virus. As for the septoria spp fungus, it can cause enormous damage and is easily identifiable thanks to the presence of some light spots on the leaves. To eliminate this fungus it is advisable to remove the affected parts and avoid an excess of humidity. Rosellinia spp, armillaria spp and phytophtora are fungi which, if not eliminated, can cause root rot and to avoid this problem, the soil must be disinfected with the appropriate products.

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