A true English lavender noted for its long lasting-sweet scent, Hidcote is a highly aromatic
, smaller variety of common lavender. Hidcote flowers are darker than most other varieties, which lends the common name "Hidcote Blue" as they seem navy blue at times. Contrasting with the more compact, silvery foliage, Hidcote makes a stunning addition to your garden, in arrangements, or as a culinary garnish.
Prized for its ability to retain its scent long after being dried or cut, it is a favorite ingredient for potpourris. The essential oils are extracted and used in soaps, perfumes and shampoos,and Aromatherapy products. As a culinary herb
, its blooms can be used to flavor salads, desserts, drinks and stews.
Ancient Romans used it in their public baths to infuse the warm water with its scent, giving it the name "Lavender" meaning "to wash". Bunches of Lavender were often scattered in the streets to ward off the plague and other diseases during the Medieval days.Medicinally
'Hidcote' has traditionally been used to cure headaches and depression, and its oils are often seen in modern day spas for its calming, stress relieving effect. It not only has a soothing effect on one's nerves, but the 'Munstead'
and 'Hidcote' varieties actually help heal minor wounds and burns. Lavender's healing properties were discovered in 1928 by French chemist, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse when he accidentally applied Lavender oil to a burn he sustained while in his lab. He noted that the burn did not get infected and healed much quicker than usual. This was the first time that modern medicine had recognized Lavender's healing potential and documented its anti fungal, antibacterial and collagen rebuilding abilities. Important Tips:
drained soil - lavenders will not tolerate poor drainage so add sand if
you need to improve the quality of your soil. Most lavender 'deaths'
occur because of wet roots. An alkaline soil is best.
- They cannot tolerate humidity: damp, still air makes them susceptible to fungus ailments
- Lavenders need full sun- 6 to 8 hours of sunshine for these Mediterranean natives