There are about 40 to 50 species of Lavendula (Lavender) native to countries bordering the Mediterranean. The plants are often cultivated for their essential oils, used in a variety of products. Dried flowers have long been used in sachets to scent chests and closets, and the ancient Romans used lavender in their baths.
Small evergreen shrubs with gray/green hairy leaves, giving them a silver appearance. They tend to be short lived. Annual pruning can lengthen this period.
Easily propagated from stem cuttings.
Name Derivation: To wash, referring to its use in the bath
Common Name: Lavender
Lavandula is in the family Lamiaceae.