LAVENDER

ABOUT LAVENDER

The following information comes courtesy of www.omafra.gov.on.ca

Lavandula angustifolia, from the Labiatae family (Lamiaceae) a.k.a. English Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia is a bushy, branching, perennial, pubescent shrub that will grow 0.3-2.0m high. Leaves are small, narrow, smooth edged, and blue-green in colour. Flowers are small, lavender-purple in colour, and grow in whorls of 6-10 blooms on spiky inflorescences.

Lavender was cultivated by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and in Elizabethan England. The flowers are very attractive to bees, and lavender honey is considered a gourmet item; leaves, petals and flowering tips are added to dressings, honey, jellies, salads, soups, stews, wine, vinegar etc.; essential oil is added to flavour beverages, ice cream, candy, baked goods, gelatins, pudding, chewing gum etc. Lavender oil is one of the most important oils in aromatherapy; used as a folk remedy for acne, cancer, colic, faintness, flatulence, migraines, nausea, rheumatism, and many others (Small 1997); in modern medicine, lavender is sometimes used as a mild sedative, nervous exhaustion, disturbances of sleep. Essential oil is used in perfumes, lotions, cosmetics, soaps, colognes, shaving creams, toilet water, etc.; grown as an ornamental; flowers and leaves are used in crafts, potpourris, sachets, aromatic tobacco, to scent clothing and linens.

Lavender can be propagated by cuttings, root divisions, and seeds (although not as easily). English lavender prefers a sunny site with light, well-drained soil and a pH of 6.5-7.5. It is hardy in climate zones 5-8, but it has been suggested that plants be covered with a mulch to protect them from the cold. There are many commercial varieties of lavender; some will be more winter-hardy than others. Environmental factors such as hours of daylight, soil moisture and fertility will all affect lavender quality. Test strains with your soil type before planting large amounts o this crop. According to Halva and Craker (1996), lavender does not require heavy fertilization. They recommend a moderate preplant application of a balanced fertilizer plus additional applications every year. The flower stalks are harvested while in full bloom, starting in the second year.

OUR PLANTS

These are the types of Lavender that we will be planting this year:

ANGUSTOFOLIAS

(Lavandula angustifolia cultivars)

Royal Velvet
Buena Vista
Munstead
Melissa
Super Blue
Twickle Purple

LAVANDINS

(Lavandula x intermedia cultivars)

Grosso
Phenomenal

O.L.A.

The Ontario Lavender Association (OLA) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization representing the interests of the new lavender sector in Ontario. The OLA has the mandate to support the development of the lavender industry in Ontario through market expansion, research and development, training and educating, and mobilizing growers, processors and retailers to grow this industry.

Our vision is to grow the Ontario lavender industry, together.

Membership includes Ontario-based lavender growers and farms, lavender processors, lavender suppliers and retailers, and other businesses that support the development of the sector in Ontario.

To contact the Ontario Lavender Association, please email ontariolavenderassociation@gmail.com

POSSIBILITIES

We are developing unique products that combine cashmere and lavender. Check back here for more information soon!