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Lavender is a perennial, meaning the plant goes dormant during the winter and then has new growth each spring and summer. As a Mediterranean plant, Lavender thrives in dry areas with hot summers and cool winters. It prefers well-drained soil such as sandy loams with a pH between 6.0 and 8.0. Lavender is a hardy, tough plant that is drought tolerant once established. Dampness more than cold can damage or kill lavender.

Situated at the base of Mt. Hood, the soil at Lavender Valley has a volcanic ash content that lavender enjoys. Although the winters do get cold — often below freezing — lavender is hardy and once the plant goes dormant it is protected from frost damage.

Each March, the lavender awakens, coming out of dormancy and sending out its first green leaves by April. By May most of the plants have begun flowering. We harvest immature flowers for bud starting as early as June. Later, between July and September, we harvest the mature flowers for oil production.