Lavandula x heterophylla | Sweet Lavender

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Sweet lavender is probably a cross between L. dentata and L angustifolia, first found in France in the 1880's. It is a fast growing plant to 3 feet when blooming. The dark green foliage has margins that are entire, except near the base of the plant the foliage is slightly toothed.  Sweet lavender is early blooming, beginning in mid spring, and will bloom through the fall. In protected areas such as near a house or fence,the bloom will continue throughout the winter The fragrance of this lavender is slightly different than most, lemony/lavender fragrance, with undertones of pine. Flowers are deep violet, with green calyces. It does not dry well, but is a nice fresh cut flowers, with long 15 inch stems.
 
Although the common name is sweet lavender, the flavor is very harsh and heavy, and is not recommended for cooking. In a pinch flowering stems can be used for lavender wands.