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Scientific Name: Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'

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Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'


  • Perennial
  • 'Munstead' is a small and compact evergreen up to 45cm tall, with narrow, grey-green foliage and spikes of small, highly-fragrant, blue-purple flowers in mid to late summer.
  • Unlike some other lavenders, it is a long-lived variety that can last for up to 15 years with proper care.
  • It is drought-tolerant once established and cold hardy up to below 0°C.
  • English lavender like 'Munstead' needs full sun, six to eight hours per day.
  • Insufficient sun makes it leggy and leads to reduced flowering.
  • In warmer climates, some afternoon shade is acceptable.
  • It should be grown in sandy somewhat less fertile soil that provides excellent drainage, such as shallow rocky soil.
  • Avoid any soil that is too rich, damp or, even worse, soggy.
  • Other than weeding around the plant and regularly pruning it, there is not much maintenance to be done once 'Munstead' lavender is established.
  • A hard prune after flowering is finished can help it come back stronger in the next season.
  • Never cut into woody stems - prune only new growth to shape the plant into a mounded form.
  • 'Munstead' lavender is small and compact and will fits nicely into small gardens and can be grown in containers.

Culinary Uses

  • 'Munstead' lavender’s sweet scent makes it one of the best lavenders for cooking.

Parts Used

  • The above-ground parts.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
  • Oil:
  • Promotes healing of tissue: burns, blisters, sunburn and scald.
  • Prevent scarring and soothes pain.
  • Antibacterial: skin ailments like eczema.
  • Calms children and relaxes adults.
  • Eases headache.
  • Hair rinse for lice and nits.
  • Apply to cuts, scrapes, earache, insect bites and stings.
  • Tea with the flowers:
  • Treat nervous exhaustion, tension headaches, insomnia, colic and indigestion.
  • Weak infusion - to babies for colic, irritability and excitement.

Other Uses

  • It’s sweet scent makes it one of the best lavenders for both potpourris and sachets.
  • Dried sprigs can be used for wreath-making and other crafts.
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