(L. x intermedia)
Hybrid between English lavender (L. angustifolia) and spike lavender (L. latifolia). Plants resulting from this cross usually produce sterile seeds and all new lavandin plants are obtained from cuttings.
Robust plant, adapting readily to difficult climatic conditions and poor soil. Can withstand some below freezing temperatures but not continuous cold without some protective covering.
Rounded with long, gray-green to gray leaves. Long spikes of highly fragrant flowers, from dark violet to white. Yields up to10 times the essential oil of L. angustifolia.
Native to middle elevations. Can be pruned quite hard.
Less susceptible to fungal attacks than English lavenders
Aroma is sweet with slightly camphorous scent.
The cultivar Abrialii was mainstay of French lavender oil industry until 1970s. when it was ravaged by a disease that caused plants to yellow and rapidly die.
The cultivar Grosso was discovered in 1972 as a result of attempts to replace Abrialii and has been the dominant cultivar since.
Mid to late summer.
Cosmetic – used
in perfumery, toiletries
Household – cleaning products
Aroma – scented candles, room fresheners
Landscaping – in mass plantings or as individual showy speciments
Decorative – dried flowers, herb pillows, dried potpourris, etc.
Parts Used: Flowers, oil