Garden Alphabet: Lavender (Lavendula)

Garden Alphabet: Lavender (Lavendula)

A closeup of a lavender harvest from my own garden. Lavender seems to do very well here in our Mediterranean climate, if we can get it enough sun, It deals well with our hot and dry summers and never fails to impress with its smell. I love the purple flowers too, and it fits in well with my casually applied love for combinations of purple and gold.

Garden Alphabet: Lavender | A Gardener's Notebook with Douglas E. Welch

Lavender (Lavendula)

Lavandula (common name Lavender) is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, southern Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. The most widely cultivated species, Lavandula angustifolia is often referred to as lavender, and there is a colour named for the shade of the flowers of this species. — Wikipedia

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