French Lavander, Spanish Lavender
Height: 2-3' (60-90cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Mauve, purple, pink, cream ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder) Order: Lamiales (Nettle Order) Family: Lamiaceae (Nettle Family) Genus: Lavandula (Lavender) Species: stoechas (from the Stoechades, French islands) ____________________________________
Lavandula stoechas is a small leafy shrub with aromatic leaves, but a little different from our more common lavender. The leaves are more needle-like and the shrub is tighter, and the flowers are very different, forming a short rounded barrel of bracts with tiny purple flowers in, with a large frill on top. The petals are usually purple, but there is a variety with green (or perhaps cream) petals which is very unusual.
Being from the Mediterranean region, these plants prefer a sunny position, which also brings out the fragrance, which is stronger than English Lavender.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod There is no seed pod. Each individual flower produces seeds which are inside the calyx.
Seed The seeds are small flattish dark brown nuts. There are four seeds from each individual
flower on the flower spike.
Seedling The seedling has narrow greyish leaves.
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