Lovely Lavender!

Lovely Lavender!

Lavender varieties abound and I often get asked about the differences between the various Lavenders. Thought I’d share a quick and basic who’s who of the three most common Lavenders:

English Lavender (image from Wiki Commons)

Angustifolia Lavender

French Lavender

Dentata Lavender

Spanish Lavender

Stoechas Lavender

English Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia

With so many cultivars available, this is one of the most popular lavenders to grow.Also known as true lavender, common lavender or narrow-leaf lavender. It is one of the most fragrant lavenders to grow and is commercially farmed for the production of lavender essential oil.The plant can grow up to 1-2m high, has narrow evergreen leaves and the flowers are borne on tall slender leafless stems.

 

French Lavender

Lavandula dentata

With a similar growing habit than the English Lavenders, reaching just over 1m, it is the grey-green toothed and slightly woolly leaves that set this Lavender apart from the others.A favourite in gardens, it is also used for essential oil production, in herbal medicine and as a food flavouring.

 

Spanish Lavender

Lavandula stoechas

With its very showy flower bracts, this Lavender has become a firm favourite with gardeners worldwide. Many different cultivars allow for a great variety of colours and flower size.It has smooth-edged narrow leaves and grows between 1 and 2m high. Not as hardy as other Lavenders, it does not do well in very cold winters.With a harsher oil, it is not commonly used for oil production or as a culinary herb.

 

 

angustifolia dentata stoechas

Growing and using lavender is very rewarding. I can’t wait to get a few new plants added to my brand new little plant inventory.

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