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Lavandula dentata (fringed lavender)

Fringed lavender is an attractive, highly aromatic, winter-flowering shrub for an unheated conservatory.
Detail of an illustration of fringed lavender

Detail of an illustration of Lavandula dentata

Species information

Scientific name: 

Lavandula dentata L.

Common name: 

fringed lavender, French lavender

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Maquis (Mediterranean scrubland), forest understory and rocky mountainous areas.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental, medicinal, soil erosion control.

Known hazards: 

Lavender oil can cause dermatitis.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Lamiales
Family: 
Lamiaceae
Genus: Lavandula

About this species

Lavandula dentata is an attractive aromatic shrub with a long history of cultivation, and it is especially useful as a conservatory plant in the Northern Hemisphere because of its extended winter-flowering season.

Carolus Clusius, a Flemish doctor and botanist, was the first European to describe the species, as Stoechas secunda, in 1576 from a specimen growing in Gibraltar. It was given its current name in 1753 by the Swedish botanist and 'father of taxonomy', Linnaeus. However, it has been known and grown in the Arab world from time immemorial, and today is grown in gardens across Europe, Australia, South Africa and North America.

Synonym: 

Stoechas dentata (L.) Mill., Lavandula dentata var. vulgaris Ging.

Genus: 
Lavandula

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