Lavandula stoechas: Topped lavender

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Lavandula stoechas [French lavender, Spanish lavender, or topped lavender] is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, occurring naturally in Mediterranean countries.

An evergreen shrub, it usually grows to 30–100 cm [12–39 in] tall and wide, occasionally up to 2 m [7 ft] high in the subspecies luisieri. The leaves are 1–4 cm long, greyish and tomentose.

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The flowers are pink to purple, produced on spikes at the top of slender, leafless stems 10–30 cm [4–12 in] long; each flower is subtended by a bract 4–8 mm long. At the top of the spike are a number of much larger, sterile bracts [no flowers between them], 10–50 mm long.

Photos: Flower DomeGardens by the BaySingapore [20140509]

Source: Wikipedia

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