Lavender – Lavandula spp.
Family Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Lavender has attractive gray-green foliage with bright, long lasting blooms. It is a drought-tolerant perennial shrub, grown for cut flowers or used for fragrance, herbal tea, baked goods and other culinary uses. Lavender is an aromatic plant best grown in full sun and is suited to areas with warm, dry summers and cool, rainy winters. Numerous cultivars are available and are often categorized as English, French, or Spanish lavenders.
Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management, and pest reduction when growing lavender.
For more information on culinary herbs, contact your local UC Cooperative Extension location for resources such as this Environmental Horticulture Note on Culinary Herb Profiles .