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Naming and Classification

The Lavender or botanically speaking Lavandula group of plants is called a genus they belong to a family of plants called the Lamiacae. This means ‘lipped’ and if you look closely at the flower head you can see why.

Parts of a Lavender

The name Lavender comes from the Latin lavare meaning to wash and the Romans used it to scent their baths.

Technical diagram of the lavender flowering head

The genus Lavandula contains over 39 species and hundreds of hybrids.

The genus has been divided into 8 sections 2 of these sections contain the massive range of our best lavenders for gardens.

Section 1 Lavandula

The species are:

  1. L. angustifolia ( masses of cultivated varieties)
  2. L. latifolia ( not for sale)
  3. L. lanata ( not for sale)

with two hybrids of the above

  1. L. x intermedia ( L. angustifolia crossed with L. latifolia )
  2. L. x chaytorae ( L. angustifolia crossed with L. lanata )

And Section 3 stoechas

The species are...

  1. L. angustifolia ( masses of cultivated varieties)
  2. L. latifolia ( not for sale)
  3. L. lanata ( not for sale)

with two hybrids of the above

  1. L. stoechas pedunculata
  2. L. stoechas stoechas
  3. L. stoechas viridis

With masses of hybrids of the above.

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