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eBay Vera Lavender, the original species of English lavender, has fragrant flowers that dry well and neat, bushy growth. It is also one of the hardiest of all lavenders. Originally growing wild in the mountains of the Mediterranean region, lavender is one of the most versatile of herbs; in addition to its myriad medicinal uses, it is commonly used for cosmetic, aromatherapy, culinary, and decorative purposes. In ancient Egypt it was used as a perfume and as an essential ingredient in incense, while the Greeks and Romans scented their bath water with its fragrant petals. In medieval times, lavender protected sickrooms from insects and infection as well as being an ingredient in smelling salts. Rene Gattefosse, one of the first scientists to research aromatherapy, found that applying lavender essential oil greatly improved the healing of burns. Today there are about 20 main species of lavender with hundreds of variations; countries all over the world produce lavender commercially, mostly for use in essential oil for decorative purposes. Lavender germinates very slow. Almost 5 to 6 weeks and germination rate is fairly low. Anyhow you can soak the seeds over night or you can plant them directly in soil. 3 or 4 seeds in each starting pot with well watered growing medium then press seeds so they can have good contact with soil. Then sprinkle very little soil on the top barely covering seeds. Water from bottom because if you water from top seeds can fall down. Lavender doesn't want to be buried. So they need firm planting base so pack the soil. Will be shipped from Manhasset, New York. From store called Flower Shop Inc. Florist and greenhouse situated in Long Island, New York. Been in business for 16 years and counting.

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