Lavandula dentata is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, commonly known as French lavender or toothed lavender. It is native to the Mediterranean region, including Spain, France, Italy, and Greece.
French lavender is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 3 feet (1 meter) tall and wide. Its gray-green leaves are toothed and fragrant, with a slightly bitter taste. The leaves are often used for culinary purposes, such as adding flavor to desserts and drinks.
The flowers of Lavandula dentata are pale purple, pink or blue, and grow on long, slender stems. They bloom from late spring to early summer, and attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The flowers are often used in essential oils, perfumes, and potpourri.
Lavandula dentata is a popular ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes, due to its attractive foliage and fragrant flowers. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun, and is drought-tolerant once established. French lavender is also deer-resistant and low-maintenance, making it a good choice for a variety of garden styles.
In addition to its ornamental and culinary uses, Lavandula dentata has a long history of medicinal uses. It has been traditionally used to treat headaches, anxiety, insomnia, and other ailments. Modern research has shown that the essential oil of French lavender has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.