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RE: lavendula officinalis question

That's English Lavender and, yes, it's hardy in Z5a.  L. officinalis is an
old synonym for angustifolia.  You'll usually see L.o. used for herbal
write-ups and L.a. used for ornamentals.  The new Herb A-Z says the spikes
are 3inches long, plant height 24-28 in, width 3ft.  If you're getting a
lavender, you might prefer one of the many cultivars.


> [Original Message]
> From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <perennials@hort.net>; <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 2/23/2003 11:01:06 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] lavendula officinalis question
> DH has been reading the newspaper ads again :(
> He seems to think that I should order a hardy lavender (listed as
> lavendula officinalis) for his garden railroad. 
> #1 is this really hardy in zone 5, Northeast Illinois?
> #2 this ad is very misleading, IMHO, as it claims it only gets 1 1/2ft
> tall? I think they are talking blooms, not entire plant size.
> #3 Spring River Nursery? Anyone ever heard of them?
> I did a google search for the plant, got tons of herbal uses, but not
> much about the plant... so those who are better at searching or have
> some info on this plant.... Help!
> Donna
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