Angustifolias (True Lavender)
This lavender species is the most recommended and valued of all lavenders because of the high quality oil produced by the plants. The oils can be used in perfume and cosmetics. The species medicinal properties include everything from alleviating stress, headaches and insomnia to reducing fevers. They are very hardy with a flowering period is from mid June to late July.
Croxton's Wild - This is a more rare variety that contains a rich fragrance and silver-grey foliage. Croxton's Wild are excellent plants to cut, but are not recommended for drying. Stem length is approximately 6-8 inches, flower spike is 1-2 inches with blue-lavender flowers.
Folgate - This lavender is one of the best oil producers and is considered the best for producing high-yield crops for culinary uses, etc. Folgate is a tiny bush with narrow, small leaves. It is one of the first to bloom. Stem length is approximately 10 inches, flower spike is 1-2 inches with dark violet or very dark purple flowers.
Maillette - This variety's long, thin flower spikes are very fragrant. The variety was introduced by Pierre Grosso, of Grosso Lavender fame, and raised in France for fine oil production. This variety was introduced in the U.S. around 1981. Stem length is approximately 12-14 inches, flower spike is 2-3 inches with dark violet or very dark violet-blue flowers.
Royal Purple - This variety was the very first lavender bred by Norfolk Lavender in England and features long stems and long cylindrical flowers. It can be used as a hedge, but needs to be trimmed regularly to maintain a rounded shape. This variety can be used for culinary products. Stem length is approximately 15 inches, flower spike is 3 inches with dark violet flowers.
Royal Velvet - This variety is a small to medium-sized plant. It is one of the best angustifolias. Its flowers and foliage are highly aromatic. It is a great oil producer and excellent for culinary uses. Royal Velvet is an all-purpose plant that is one of the best selling lavender plants. Stem length is approximately 12-14 inches, flower spike is 1-2 inches with violet-blue flowers.
Sachet - This variety features open, grey-green foliage. It produces sweetly fragranced oils that are great for making sachets. It is a wonderful ornamental plant and blooms early and can bloom a second time. Stem length is approximately 6-8 inches, flower spike is 1-2 inches with very dark purple flowers.