Lavender may grow best in high altitudes

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – The Western Slope may be one of the best spots in the world to grow lavender.

That theory is now being put to the test by the U.S. and Colorado Departments of Agriculture, which has given a grant of more than $18,000 to the Lavender Association of Western Colorado to conduct a study in Palisade.

The study will compare ten different types of lavender.

"The purpose is to go ahead and determine which ones do well and the quality of the essential oil they produce. This will allow us then to promote Western Colorado lavender in Western Colorado and increase production of lavender and essential oil in this area," says Dr. Curtis Swift with Swift Horticultural Enterprises.

The thought is that the oil produced at a high altitude will be better. Currently there is no data to support this, which is one reason for the study.

This Friday night beginning at 5 p.m. at the Jockey Building at the fairgrounds, there will be a lecture on lavender and the current study going on.

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