Lavandula angustifolia. Perennial. Sun. Height: 12”
French Lavender has jagged or serrated leaves that resemble a dull saw blade.
The flowers are purple and look a lot like a pineapple in shape.
In the Garden
Plant it in well drained soil in the full sun and be sure not to overwater because it doesn’t do well with wet feet. Prune your lavender a few weeks after its’ first blooms appear to promote additional growth and to maintain its’ shrub-like appearance.
French lavender is not generally used in cooking, but the flower buds can be used in baking, desserts, with fresh fruit, and to make lavender tea. It is used for its oil, flowers, and strong lavender scent that is very relaxing and soothing. Use the fresh cut stems and flowers to make lavender wands which are braided bouquets that are placed in the home to add the wonderful lavender scent. The flower buds can be dried if you pick them before they turn brown.