FIELD GUIDE TO SHRUBS

True Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia

Family: Lamiaceae

Preferred Habitat: dry grassy slopes among rocks, in exposed, usually parched, hot rocky and calcareous soils

Range: Native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, but common to most of the United States

Height: up to 1 meter (3 feet)

Leaves: simple, whorled, oblong and 6 cm in length, blue or blue-green in color, with undetectable leaf venation

Flowers: purple flower, pleasant fragrance

Fruit: inconspicuous fruit and not showy

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: this species is found in the same family as mint plants, and its oil obtained from the flowers is used as an antihalitosis, antiseptic, aromatic, and diuretic among other uses