What Varieties of Lavender Do You Have On Your Farm?

What Varieties of Lavender Do You Have On Your Farm?

As our “high season” has drawn to a close and we are savoring the occasional cool temperatures that come with September, I am able to take a bit of time to write a new blog post.

One of the most often questions asked this summer was “what variety of lavender do you have here?”

We currently have 11 cultivars of lavender in our gardens.

3 Lavandula x. intermedia (French) or Lavandin varieties:

Grosso

Provence

Phenomenal

8 angustifolia (English) Lavender varieties:

Hidcote

Hidcote blue

Munstead

Miss Katherine

Edelweisse

Rosea

Folgate

Melissa

What is the difference between Lavandula x. intermedia and angustifolia you might ask?

That is an excellent question I will try to de-mystify for you.

Angustifolia is sometimes referred to as English lavender. These varieties of lavender are typically more compact in size, have shorter stems and a sweeter gentler flavor and aroma. Angustiflias can be used to create sweet little bunches of lavender, sachets and (one of our favorite uses) culinary creations. They can be used fresh or dried in numerous craft projects.

Lavandula x. intermedia is a Lavendin species. These are a hybrid cross between Lavender and spike lavender varieties. Lavendins grow to be broader, taller and stronger scented than the angustifolias. We love these varieties because they are “showier” due to the tall stems. Our Grosso is what we send our customers out to pick during u-pick season. Grosso has vibrant purple buds that dry well and maintain much of their color. Lavendin varieties also have a stronger camphor smell and taste. This is why we choose not to use them for culinary sales. The exception is our Provence, which is amazing in culinary dishes. We figure that if the French have been cooking with it for centuries, then who are we to argue!

As you can see, there is a lot to know about lavender and its many differences. I have only touched upon the subject here and I encourage you to research further. A wonderful resource is the United States Lavender Growers Associations website.

We have chosen each one of our lavender/lavendin plants for their variations in color, taste, display, and zone 5 hardiness. Much research has been done to make sure that our plants have the best chance of success on our farm. 

Hopefully this little blog post has helped you a bit in understanding lavender on a higher level. It has been such a fun learning adventure for me and I absolutely love to share my growing knowledge.

Janene

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