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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

The following uses are for L. angustifolia, they should also apply to this hybrid:-

Leaves, petals and flowering tips - raw. Used as a condiment in salads, soups, stews etc[1][2][3]. They provide a very aromatic flavour[4] and are too strong to be used in any quantity[K]. The fresh or dried flowers are used as a tea[3]. The fresh flowers are also crystallized or added to jams, ice-creams, vinegars etc as a flavouring[5].

An essential oil from the flowers is used as a food flavouring[3].

Unknown part

Material uses

The following uses are for the closely related L. angustifolia, they should also apply to this hybrid:-

The essential oil that is obtained from the flowers is exquisitely scented and has a very wide range of applications, both in the home and commercially. It is commonly used in soap making, in making high quality perfumes (it is also used in 'Eau de Cologne'), it is also used as a detergent and cleaning agent, a food flavouring etc[6][7][8][9][5] and as an insect repellent[10]. Yields of 0.8 - 1% of the oil are obtained[4]. When growing the plant for its essential oil content, it is best to harvest the flowering stems as soon as the flowers have faded[11]. The aromatic leaves and flowers are used in pot-pourri[5] and as an insect repellent in the linen cupboard etc[12][13][14]. They are also said to repel mice[14]. The flowering stems, once the flowers have been removed for use in pot-pourri etc, can be tied in small bundles and burnt as incense sticks[11].

Can be grown as a low hedge, responding well to trimming[15].

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The following uses are for L. angustifolia, they should also apply to this hybrid:-

Lavender is a commonly used household herbal remedy. An essential oil obtained from the flowers is antihalitosis, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aromatic, carminative, cholagogue, diuretic, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic and tonic[16][4][17][6][18][5]. It is not often used internally, though it is a useful carminative and nervine[16]. It is mainly used externally where it is an excellent restorative and tonic - when rubbed into the temples, for example, it can cure a nervous headache, and it is a delightful addition to the bath-water[16]. Its antiseptic properties also make it useful in the treatment of burns, sunburn, scalds, bites, vaginal discharge, anal fissure etc, where it also soothes the affected part of the body and can prevent the formation of permanent scar tissue[16][5].

The essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Its keyword is 'Immune system'[19].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Hedge

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed[16]. It usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°c. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring after the last expected frosts. This species is a hybrid and will not come true from seed.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Usually very east, a high percentage will root within a few weeks[20]. Grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings 7cm with a heel succeed at almost any time of the year[21].

Layering.

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Cultivation

Succeeds in almost any soil so long as it is well-drained and not too acid[21][22]. Prefers a sunny position in a neutral to alkaline soil[21][16][12]. Prefers a light warm dry soil[23]. When grown in rich soils the plants tend to produce more leaves but less essential oils[16]. Established plants are drought tolerant[24]. Very tolerant of salt wind exposure[K]. When growing for maximum essential oil content, the plant must be given a very warm sunny position and will do best in a light sandy soil, the fragrance being especially pronounced in a chalky soil[11].

Plants are hardy to between -10 and -15°c[25]. Lavender is a very ornamental plant that is often grown in the herb garden and is also grown commercially for its essential oil[21][16]. This species is a very variable hybrid between the two main species of lavender, L. angustifolia and L. latifolia[22], There are several named varieties[22][5]. Not a very long-lived plant, it can be trimmed to keep it tidy but is probably best replaced every 10 years[22]. Any trimming is best done in spring and should not be done in the autumn since this can encourage new growth that will not be very cold-hardy[22]. A good bee plant, also attracting butterflies and moths[4][26][27].

Lavender makes a good companion for most plants[28], growing especially well with cabbages[12].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Lavandula x intermedia.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Lavandula x intermedia
Genus
Lavandula
Family
Labiatae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Salinity
  • Drought
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.01.1 Hedrick. U. P. Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-20459-6 (1972-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.1 Bryan. J. and Castle. C. Edible Ornamental Garden. Pitman Publishing ISBN 0-273-00098-5 (1976-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.23.3 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.54.6 Chiej. R. Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants. MacDonald ISBN 0-356-10541-5 (1984-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.15.25.35.45.55.65.75.8 Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.16.26.3 Lust. J. The Herb Book. Bantam books ISBN 0-553-23827-2 (1983-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.1 Schery. R. W. Plants for Man. ()
  9. ? 9.09.1 Hill. A. F. Economic Botany. The Maple Press (1952-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.1 Allardice.P. A - Z of Companion Planting. Cassell Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-304-34324-2 (1993-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.111.211.3 Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
  12. ? 12.012.112.212.3 Holtom. J. and Hylton. W. Complete Guide to Herbs. Rodale Press ISBN 0-87857-262-7 (1979-00-00)
  13. ? 13.013.1 Philbrick H. and Gregg R. B. Companion Plants. Watkins (1979-00-00)
  14. ? 14.014.114.2 Riotte. L. Companion Planting for Successful Gardening. Garden Way, Vermont, USA. ISBN 0-88266-064-0 (1978-00-00)
  15. ? 15.015.1 Shepherd. F.W. Hedges and Screens. Royal Horticultural Society. ISBN 0900629649 (1974-00-00)
  16. ? 16.016.116.216.316.416.516.616.716.8 Grieve. A Modern Herbal. Penguin ISBN 0-14-046-440-9 (1984-00-00)
  17. ? 17.017.1 Launert. E. Edible and Medicinal Plants. Hamlyn ISBN 0-600-37216-2 (1981-00-00)
  18. ? 18.018.1 Mills. S. Y. The Dictionary of Modern Herbalism. ()
  19. ? 19.019.1 Westwood. C. Aromatherapy - A guide for home use. Amberwood Publishing Ltd ISBN 0-9517723-0-9 (1993-00-00)
  20. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  21. ? 21.021.121.221.3 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  22. ? 22.022.122.222.322.422.5 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  23. ? Thompson. B. The Gardener's Assistant. Blackie and Son. (1878-00-00)
  24. ? Chatto. B. The Dry Garden. Dent ISBN 0460045512 (1982-00-00)
  25. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
  26. ? Baines. C. Making a Wildlife Garden. ()
  27. ? Carter D. Butterflies and Moths in Britain and Europe. Pan ISBN 0-330-26642-x (1982-00-00)
  28. ? Hatfield. A. W. How to Enjoy your Weeds. Frederick Muller Ltd ISBN 0-584-10141-4 (1977-00-00)


Facts about "Lavandula x intermedia"RDF feed
Article is incompleteYes +
Article requires citationsNo +
Article requires cleanupYes +
Belongs to familyLabiatae +
Belongs to genusLavandula +
Functions asHedge +
Has common nameLavender +
Has drought toleranceTolerant +
Has edible partUnknown part +
Has edible useSeasoning + and Tea +
Has environmental toleranceMaritime exposure +, High wind +, Drought + and Salinity +
Has fertility typeBee + and Lepidoptera +
Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
Has hardiness zone5 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has material partUnknown part +
Has material useEssential +, Incense +, Pot-pourri + and Repellent +
Has mature height1.2 +
Has mature width1 +
Has medicinal partUnknown part +
Has medicinal useAntihalitosis +, Antiseptic +, Antispasmodic +, Aromatherapy +, Aromatic +, Carminative +, Cholagogue +, Diuretic +, Nervine +, Sedative +, Stimulant +, Stomachic + and Tonic +
Has salinity toleranceTolerant +
Has search namelavandula x intermedia + and x +
Has shade toleranceNo shade +
Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral +, Alkaline + and Very alkaline +
Has soil teclayture preferenceClay +
Has soil teloamyture preferenceLoamy +
Has soil tesandyture preferenceSandy +
Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
Has taxonomy nameLavandula x intermedia +
Has water requirementsmoderate +
Is deciduous or evergreenEvergreen +
Is herbaceous or woodyWoody +
Is taxonomy typeSpecies +
Tolerates maritime exposureYes +
Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
Tolerates windYes +
Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +