Lavender is a flowering herb of the mint family known for its sweet floral fragrance and its multiple uses. Currently there are over 45 different species of with over 450 varieties. Texas has a unique climate and growing conditions unlike other areas in the US. While growing lavender is rewarding and can be very successful, it is not without challenges. Lavender likes full sun. More than a couple of hours of shade can affect blooming and cause the plants to become “leggy.” Lavender wants to be dry and needs little water once established. Our biggest concern at the Purple Cactus Lavender Farm is high humidity, which can cause fungal rot, and tropical storms that could prevent us from keeping them dry.
The fragrant pale purple flowers and flower buds are used in a wide variety of uses including essential oils, perfumes, cosmetics, aromatherapy, herbal medicines and in the kitchen as a culinary herb. It is also a common flower used in crafts, home decor and weddings, as well as being a popular choice for landscaping. The benefits of lavender far out way the struggles sometimes associated with farming of lavender. Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. Research suggests that it may also be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.