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Labiatae Lavendula officinalis Chaix. in Vill.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Lavender is a perennial shrub of the mint family, which under good culture may reach 5 feet in height. The leaves are oblong-linear to lanceolate, up to 1.5 inches long, somewhat hairy. Flower spikes may reach up to 3 feet, and the oil distilled from the flowers only is of highest quality. The oil is used mainly in perfumes, but may be used in aromatic vinegar. Dried lavender is sometimes used to flavor salads, dressings, etc., and dried flowers are widely used in sachet bags to perfume clothes. In the U.S., 17 acres of lavender were reported in the 1949 census. No later data are available.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch