Lavandula dentata (fringed lavender)
Detail of an illustration of Lavandula dentata
Lavandula dentata L.
fringed lavender, French lavender
Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Maquis (Mediterranean scrubland), forest understory and rocky mountainous areas.
Ornamental, medicinal, soil erosion control.
Lavender oil can cause dermatitis.
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.
Stoechas dentata (L.) Mill., Lavandula dentata var. vulgaris Ging.