Common Names: Lavender,

Botanical names: Lavandula spp.

Availability: Fall, Spring and Winter. Year round as a dried material.

Vase life: 7 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 34 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Stunning purple flowers, which grow in tight clusters on tall, slender stems, 1 to 3 feet in length. These flowers are composed of multiple tiny blossoms arranged in spikes. Lavender has narrow, silvery-green leaves that are about 2 to 3 inches long.

Color: Soft, pale purple with a hint of gray or blue

Botanical facts: Lavender has been cultivated and admired for centuries, valued not only for its beauty and fragrance but also for its medicinal and culinary uses. It holds a special place in various cultures around the world, symbolizing purity, tranquility, and healing. Lavender is commonly used in herbal remedies, essential oils, potpourri, sachets, and culinary dishes.

Design notes: Lavender can add soft texture, interest and a wonderful fragrance to a floral design.

Purchasing hints: Look for turgid flexible stems with flowers just beginning to open and some buds. Avoid specimens with shedding blossoms.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Break two inches off of the stem ends with. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Lavender dries easily and is an excellent addition to a dried arrangement.