Lavender fields springing up on Western Slope

8:29 AM, Aug 8, 2010   |    comments
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More than 20 lavender fields have sprung up across Colorado in the past year.

The Cloud Terrace Farm started planting lavender a couple years ago.

It is harvested, chopped up, and put through a distiller so it can be processed into essential oil and scented water.

The Western Slope is becoming more popular for lavender farmers because it has the perfect growing conditions.

"Lavender likes it hot dry and sunny. We have very hot weather in the summer time, and we're very dry and we have a lot of sun. We have the right soil for the lavender to grow, because we have an alkaline type of soil and we generally have good drainage," Roxanne Lane said.

Farmers say what makes lavender most valuable is its oil. It is used for perfumes, soaps, lotions and air fresheners.

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