Here at Rockin' H Lavender Farm we grow two different types of lavender, Spanish and Grosso. The Spanish blooms from late April into the middle of May, and our Grosso Lavender blooms from late May into the middle of June.
In 2014, Ricky and Leslie planted several types of lavender. The varieties were Grosso, Munstead and Provence. Out of the 500 plants, only a few Grosso plants survived! They decided to just plant Grosso from that point on. During this time, Ricky researched different varieties that should be a little more conducive to the central Texas climate and discovered that the Spanish lavender may be a good choice! During the last two years, they have planted several beds of Spanish lavender with good success.
Lavandula 'Grosso' is a classic French hybrid Lavender grown for its fragrant dark blue flower spikes and vigorous growth habit. With nice wide gray-green foliage, 'Grosso' is a large grower and blooms heavily, providing an ample harvest of flowers for lavender wands, sachets, and culinary use.
Lavandula stoechas Purple Ribbon is a superb long blooming, seed grown Spanish Lavender. The flower spikes are dark purple with dark purple bracts ("wings") on top. Sweetly fragrant and very popular with the butterflies. These plants are nicely uniform in height and width.
The Romans would use crushed herb buds in their bath water so often that it became known as lavender, which comes from the Latin word, Lavare, meaning to bathe. The Greeks also were known to do this, and eventually it continued across Europe.
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