lavender

(redirected from lavenders)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms.

lavender,

common name for any plant of the genus Lavandula, herbs or shrubby plants of the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
..... Click the link for more information.
 family), most of which are native to the Mediterranean region but naturalized elsewhere. The true lavender (L. officinalis) has grayish foliage and small blue or pale purplish flowers (white in one variety). It is popular for herb gardens and is cultivated commercially (chiefly in France and England) or, more commonly, gathered wild (in S Europe) for the fragrant flowers, valued for scenting linens and clothes and as the source of oil of lavender. The oil is distilled for use in perfumery, in toilet preparations (e.g., lavender water). Lavender is sometimes used as a flavoring. Spike lavender (L. latifolia), a broader-leaved, less fragrant species, yields spike-lavender oil, which is also used in perfumery and in varnishes and porcelain painting. Lavender is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information.
, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.
Enlarge picture
lavender

lavender

39 Species with varying leaf shapes, in the mint family, so all are edible. The pretty sweet, spicy, perfumed flowers are edible. Great in sweet and savory dishes, custards, etc. For stress, headache, intestinal gas, rheumatism psoriasis. Protects fabrics and clothes from moths.

lavender

1. any of various perennial shrubs or herbaceous plants of the genus Lavandula, esp L. vera, cultivated for its mauve or blue flowers and as the source of a fragrant oil (oil of lavender): family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2. the dried parts of L. vera, used to perfume clothes
3. a pale or light bluish-purple to a very pale violet colour
4. perfume scented with lavender
References in periodicals archive ?
But gardeners in our USDA Zone 5 or even a protected site in Zone 4 can grow English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and some hardy hybrids if they can provide the right conditions.
ITHINK there are few plants more beautiful and more dependable than one deep in the middle of its blooming season right now - the omnipresent lavender.
But for all its beauty, fragrance and even medicinal qualities, lavender will break a gardener's heart, says Orr.
Killeacle Phoebe's 46.64sec track record run in 2001 has not been troubled in recent times, but a fast-running track (+60) enabled Lavenders Grant to post a top-class 46.88sec, bettering Big Brett Coal's previous fastest run of the year over C&D by 53 spots.
on Monday put on the domestic market a new variety of common lavender that can grow in hot and humid places in its first foray into the flower business.
In design terms, lavender is among the most versatile shrubs.
You may know lavender by its scent, but that's only one of this herb's endearing qualities.
Of the many dwarf lavenders we grew in Sunset's test garden, the ones mentioned here are some of our favorites.
On a warm summer morning outside Victoria, British Columbia, Lynda Dowling strolls between rows of lavender at her farm, Happy Valley Herbs.
Lavenders range from large, spreading plants, 5 feet tall and 5 feet across, to dwarfs only 8 inches high; cold-tender types won't reach their maximum height if nipped by frost.
A special tour takes place at 3pm tomorrow and includes a talk and demonstration of lavender distillation.
Who doesn't love lavender? The spiky, flowering Mediterranean native of the mint family has it all: fragrance, form, flavor, and medicinal value.