Lavender Species

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) 

English Lavender

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most popular type of lavender. English Lavender has a strong and pure floral lavender scent that makes it the preferred type for lavender essential oil and other scented products like wreaths and lavender wands. English Lavender is also the most cold-hardy type of lavender, with a growing range of Zones 5-9. Lastly, preferred culinary varieties of lavender are typically cultivars of English Lavender.

English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is native to high-altitude areas in the South of France, as well as parts of Spain and Italy. English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is extensively cultivated in the famous lavender fields of Provence, France. English Lavender is not native to England, but has been grown there in herb gardens for centuries.


“Only some lavenders are suitable for culinary purposes, e.g. for making biscuits, cakes, ice cream and flavored icing sugar. Two examples are Lavandula angustifolia ‘Avice Hill’ and the true form of Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’.” - Excerpt from Lavender: The Grower’s Guide, by Virginia McNaughton


French Lavender (Lavandula dentata)