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Lavender Types

There are Five Main Types of Lavender

1.  ENGLISH LAVENDER

Lavandula angustifolia

  • Native to the Mediterranean, not England

  • Often referred to as Culinary Lavender, and sometimes called True Lavender

  • Forty-seven known varieties, and the plants have narrow smooth leaves

  • More fragrant, better flavor, and hardy in cold climates when compared to French Lavender

2.  FRENCH LAVENDER

Lavandula dentata

  • Called French Lavender in US/NZ/Australia, called English Lavender in France

  • Native to Eastern and Southern Spain, and is sometimes called Fringed Lavender

  • Toothed leaves and flowers that bloom continuously mid-spring to fall

3.  SPANISH LAVENDER

Lavandula stoechas

  • Called Spanish Lavender in the US, called French Lavender in the UK

  • Native to the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, and is sometimes called Butterfly Lavender

  • Deep purple pinecone shaped flowers bloom continuously mid-spring to fall and are not fragrant, but the foliage is very aromatic

4.  PORTUGUESE LAVENDER

Lavandula latifolia

  • Native to the western Mediterranean, heat tolerant, and sometimes called Spike Lavender

5.  LAVANDIN

Lavandula x intermedia

‘Grosso’

  • A natural hybrid lavender discovered in a deserted lavender field in France in 1972

    • A mix of Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia

  • Sometimes called Fat Lavender

  • Hardy and develops highly fragrant 18” flower spikes that are attractive to bees and butterflies


Lavender Types: Our Farm
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