Growing and Saving the Seed Of Lavender

Latin name Lavandula angustifolia is an herbaceous perennial member of the lamiaceae, or mint, family. The intoxicating fragrance of lavender has a naturally soothing quality. Generally hardy to USDA zone 5-9.



Native to the Mediterranean. Flowers have long been used as an ornamental plant, and it has also been appreciated for its fragrance and even as a culinary ingredient.


  • Ornamental
  • Culinary uses, including as a flavoring




  • Seeds germinate in 14-28 days.
  • Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost, transplant out after all chance of frost has passed.
  • Surface sow seeds and gently press into soil as light aids germination.
  • A humidity dome or plastic cover will aid germination. Ideal germination temperature is 65-75 F.


  • Prefers full sun.
  • Well-drained soil is essential for lavender; standing in saturated soil in winter can kill plants.
  • Space plants 12-18 inches apart.
  • Plants average 1-3.5 feet tall and 2 feet wide.


  • Typically a pest- and disease-free plant, plants can suffer from root rot due to poor drainage and warm, humid summer conditions.
  • Provide very well drained, even gravelly, soil and do not overcrowd plants.
  • Provide good air circulation.


  • Allow seedheads to dry on plants and hand pick or cut stems and shake seeds free into a bucket or bag.
  • Separate seeds from chaff by carefully winnowing and store in a cool, dry place.