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Species Plantarum

Lavandula Angustifolia ‘Munstead’

Blossom period
June through July
Mountains of southern Europe, Horticultural cultivar

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’, also known as True lavender, is a very compact sub-shrub with aromatic, silver-green evergreen foliage and abundant, dark purple, highly fragrant summer flowers. Even in mid-winter, its rounded shape and silvery foliage will brighten up any garden. As lavender is a highly effective nectar plant, it helps to protect bees: the nectar from its flowers attracts bees, which make it one of the most famous honeys.

It is a plant with therapeutic properties that was widely used in the past: its essential oil has antiseptic, antispasmodic, healing, purifying and diuretic properties.

Anecdote: In Roman times, women who wanted to sneak a taste of wine (which they were forbidden to drink) would chew on a few sprigs of lavender to perfume their breath and fool their husbands.