Lavandula stoechas: Topped lavender


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.


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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