Lavender’s Blue

Not actually blue, but a rather lovely purple.  Lavandula is in the family Lamiaceae and within the genus Lavandula there are around 25 evergreen aromatic shrubs and perennials.

Lavandula stoechas, pictured here, was used widely as a toiletry herb and antiseptic by the Arabs, Romans and Greeks.  It is not widely used today except as an ornamental plant.  It’s oil has a pungent odour and contains 24-72% camphor.  In Australia this species is considered a weed and bound by statutory control.

Lavandula stoechas subsp. pedunculata (Spanish Lavender)

You can propagate this plant by seed sown in Spring or by taking semi-ripe cuttings in Summer.


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