Plant of the Week: Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)

GrannyMoon's Morning Feast

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Lavandula angustifolia

This week we are exploring the world of Lavandula angustifolia, also known as lavender. This evergreen shrub is a delightful addition to any garden with so many benefits to humans and wildlife. While the leaves will persist throughout the year, you can enjoy the flowers from midsummer to early autumn. As far as name origins are concerned the “-angustifolia” part of the botanical name for lavender, refers to the leaves of the plant with the translation from Latin meaning “narrow leaf”. Thoughts on the origin of the name “Lavandula” are varied, however the most popular opinion is that it is rooted in the Latin word “lavare” (to wash). This likely refers to use of…

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