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English lavender

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English lavender (Lavendula sp.)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Lise Servant)
Lavandula sp.
  • Lavandula sp.
  • Lavandula sp.



Origin and description

English lavender is native to the Mediterranean region, but is today grown around the world. It is widely used in perfume making.
Cycle: Perennial
Spacing: 30 cm.
Height: 45 cm.

Species, cultivars and related plants

The 'Munstead' cultivar is compact and early-flowering.
The 'Hidcote' cultivar is popular for edging.

Common name

English lavender

Latin name (genus)

Lavandula angustifolia

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Lamiaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: Full sun.

Pruning and maintenance

Requires winter protection.


Sow seed indoors in late February-March.
Stem cuttings in spring.


Culinary use: Leaves and flowers are edible

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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