Choosing Lavender Plants

Lavender Plants

Wouldn’t you love to learn a foreign language? Why not start with Latin!?

I’m about to chat with you about just a few of the 30 species of Lavandula.

Lavandula angustifolia is the “official” name for one of those species of lavender. When I say “official” I mean the botanical nomenclature, also known as Latin! This way, lavender growers from all over the world can gather and talk about lavender plants without an interpreter. Even then, there may be confusion; you might see labels with Lavandula officinalis or Lavandula vera–these are synonyms for Lavandula angustifolia!

Did you know that there are more than 40 named varieties of Lavandula angustifolia, also known as English lavender? Some of those named varieties can be found at your local nurseries with names like Hidcote Lavender or Munstead Lavender.

Lavandula angustifolia is one of the hardiest species of lavender plants. So, if you’re growing lavender in a colder climate, you’ll have a better chance with this species.

And with the renewed interest in culinary lavender, this species will also be your best candidate when growing lavender as a culinary herb. Any other species will contain too much camphor to be appropriate for using in your favorite shortbread cookie recipe.

The best way to plan your lavender garden is to decide how you want to use the aromatic harvest, then choose your lavender plants.

In the class I discuss the different varieties to choose for many uses and hardiness demands. You’ll learn why Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’ really doesn’t work well for culinary recipes!

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