French lavender (Lavandula pedunculata)

The Lavandula pedunculata plant, also known as French lavender, belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is characterized by its striking butterfly-shaped petals on one of its upper parts and the aroma that it emits around it, among others.

Characteristics of Lavandula pedunculata

This plant is originally from Morocco and from a sector of western Turkey, which contrasts with one of its names that suggests that it was born in France. While his family is present in the Iberian Peninsula, where it is mostly found.

French lavender is considered a very unique bushy shrub that contains leaves of a color similar to the mixture or combination of green and gray and striking violet flowers that give it an attractive and pleasant image. This is due to its stems, floriferous, axillary leaves, peduncles, bracts, narrow calyx and with a total height or size no greater than 50 centimeters.

It should be noted that the ideal context or habitat for this plant are spaces that have very drained soil, with banks and slopes bordered, and in turn, patios and gardens with other plants around them. Other places prone to have this type of plant are fields, patios or gardens with pastures in poor condition, coastal areas with sand (away from water) and wastelands.


In turn, the whole process of growing this type of plant can be carried out in the ground ( with the conditions mentioned ) or from a pot, a custom of the owners of patios and gardens to decorate the environment or give priority to the soil to other plants. To cultivate Lavandula pedunculata you do not need to have a particular sector, order or environment, but to strictly comply with requirements such as the mentioned drained soil and that it be illuminated by the sun during the day.

Thus, the French Lavandula will be unable to be cultivated, grown and kept alive in dark places, such as under many trees that produce total shade and even absorb much of the rainwater.

It should be noted that this species has a particularity for which cultivating it implies a virtue for some: it attracts bees and pollinators, which is a kind of repeller of this type of bugs from your living room, kitchen or rooms in your house. The latter occurs mainly in country houses or located in regions with the luck cast to nature.

There the amount of bugs is abundant and this plant takes them with it and releases them to the house. It is also a plant that, due to its design, size and colors, decorates the places where it is present and is not harmful to the health of both adults and children, so in that sense, don’t worry if you want to grow it..

Of course, like most elements pertaining to botany, Lavandula pedunculata must be developed in a protected area or position that allows it to be healthy. However, this plant is very similar to Lavandula dentata, with the difference that the latter has a much shorter peduncle length, in addition to others that can be seen up close and knowing the qualities of both.

Beyond the similarities regarding their characteristics, ways of cultivation and places in which they must remain, each of these plants grows by itself and they are not prevented from being born or ending their life due to the other. If for some reason a species of the lamiaceae family becomes extinct, those that remain can continue with their respective lives. Nor should they be next to or close to each other to enhance their growth.

Thus, the pedunculata Lavandula is a very useful plant, healthy, decorative and as is attractive, attracts the attention of many bugs (some dangerous as the bee) and you can rest easy at home or eat without getting into your plate.



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