Aromatherapy

Lavandula

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Scientific classification

Kingdom:Plantae

Clade:Angiosperms

Clade:Eudicots

Clade:Asterids

Order:Lamiales

Family:Lamiaceae

Subfamily:Nepetoideae

Tribe:Ocimeae

Genus:Lavandula L.

Type species

Lavandula spica L.

Synonyms[1]

  • Stoechas Mill.

  • Fabricia Adans.

  • Styphonia Medik.

  • Chaetostachys Benth.

  • Sabaudia Buscal. & Muschl.

  • Isinia Rech.f.

Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint familyLamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. The most widely cultivated species, Lavandula angustifolia, is often referred to as lavender, and there is a color named for the shade of the flowers of this species.

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