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Care of the plant Lavandula dentata or French lavender.

Care of the plant Lavandula dentata or French lavender

The Lavandula genus, Lamiaceae family, comprises 20 species of shrubs and subshrubs native to the Canary Islands, the Azores and the Mediterranean region. Some species are: Lavandula dentata, Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula stoeches, Lavandula lanata, Lavandula spica, Lavandula latifolia.

Common names: French lavender, Fringed lavender. This species is native to the Mediterranean region, the Atlantic islands and the Arabian peninsula.

They are perennial plants that reach 90 cm in height. The leaves are lanceolate and have a serrated edge. The scented flowers are bilabiated, are grouped in long spikes and are deep blue-violet in color. They bloom from late spring to early fall.

They are used in flower beds, in aromatic plant gardens and in pots for balconies, terraces and patios. The flowers are used to make perfumes. The leaves are used to flavor food. It has antiseptic, antispasmodic and tonic properties.

Lavandula dentata needs a sunny exposure and temperatures between 15º and 25ºC.

They can grow in any type of soil that has good drainage, even poor soils.

Fertilize every two weeks during the flowering period with liquid fertilizer.

They are plants resistant to the usual diseases and pests.

They propagate by seed, but it's best done from cuttings in late summer.

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Lavandula dentata
Lavandula dentata
Lavandula dentata
Lavandula dentata
Lavandula latifolia
 

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