As I walked up the small gate leading to the front door, I brushed against the Lavandins still in nursery pots. Ever so fragrant, they take me back to Provence.
Lavendins, or English Lavender Hybrids are the workhorses of Lavenders. Grosso lavandin constitutes 80% of the lavender now grown in France and preferred because it:
- produces larger percent of essential oil
- is not subject to the bacterial wilt of the original lavenders
- can be harvested by the use of large machines which harvest three rows at a time
- is also hardy in winter