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Lavendula stoechas
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Unranked: Angiosperms
Unranked: Eudicots
Unranked: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Lavandula
Species: L. stoechas
Binomial name
Lavandula stoechas
L.

Lavandula stoechas (French Lavender, Spanish Lavender, Stoechas Lavender, or Topped Lavender) occurs naturally in the Mediterranean region.

DescriptionEdit

A perennial shrub, it usually grows to 30–100 cm tall and wide. The leaves are 1–4 cm long, greyish tomentose.

The flowers are pinkish-purple (lavender-coloured), produced on spikes 2–3 cm long at the top of slender leafless stems 10–30 cm long; each flower is subtended by a bract 4–8 mm long. At the top of the spike are a number of much larger, sterile bracts (no flowers between them), 10–50 mm long and bright lavender purple (rarely white).

SubspeciesEdit

Subspecies in wide cultivation include

  • L. stoechas luisieri, which has petals much less interconnected and
  • L. stoechas pedunculata, the common type specific plant, once taxonomically considered L. pedunculata.

SynonymsEdit

Lavandula officinalis, Lavandula vera, Lavandula spicata, Lavandula stoechas

Common NamesEdit

English Lavender, Spanish Lavender