Lavandula dentata

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Lavandula dentata
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Lavandula
L. dentata
Binomial name
Lavandula dentata

Lavandula pinnata
Lavandula santolinifolia

Lavandula dentata, fringed lavender or French lavender, is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to the Mediterranean, the Atlantic islands and the Arabian peninsula. Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall, it has gray-green, linear or lance-shaped leaves with toothed edges and a lightly woolly texture.[1] The long-lasting, narrow spikes of purple flowers, topped with pale violet bracts, first appear in late spring. The whole plant is strongly aromatic with the typical lavender fragrance.[2]

Its native habitat includes low hills with limestone substrates amidst other shrubs. It is present on Madeira and the Canary Islands.[3]

One of several species known by the English common name French lavender (see also Lavandula stoechas),[2] it is commonly grown as an ornamental plant and its essential oil is used in perfumes.[4] Like other lavenders, it is particularly associated with dry, sunny, well-drained conditions in alkaline soil. But it will tolerate a range of conditions, though it may be short-lived. The cultivar L. dentata var. dentata 'Royal Crown' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5] It requires some shelter in frost-prone areas.[6]

The plant is used in Murcia as an herbal remedy for stomach ache.[3]

Common Spanish names include: alhucema inglesa, alhucema rizada, cantueso, cantueso dentado, cantueso rizado, espliego dentado, and garlanda.[7]


  1. ^ Bayer, E.; Buttler; Finkenzeller; Grau (1989). Plantas del Mediterráneo. Barcelona: Blume. ISBN 84-7031-629-X.
  2. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  3. ^ a b López González, Ginés A. (2007). Madrid:Mundi-Prensa (ed.). Guía de los árboles y arbustos de la Península Ibérica y Baleares. ISBN 84-8476-312-9.
  4. ^ FAO
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 59. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Lavandula dentata var. dentata 'Royal Crown'". Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Proyecto Anthos". Real Jardín Botánico: Proyecto Anthos. Retrieved 6 April 2010.

External links[edit]

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