Lavandin is the name for a variety of lavender that comes from a cross of English and spike lavender. Many of these varieties are highly recommended for producing commercial oil and fresh & dried bundles. In addition, lavandins are very hardy with a flowering period from mid July to late August.
Grosso - Grosso is a commercial, all-purpose plant that is very hardy. Its long stems are excellent for fresh & dried bouquets and for potpourris. Because Grosso is such a high-yielding plant, it has become the most widely used lavender variety for oil production in the world. Stem length in approximately 18 inches, flower spike are pyramid shaped
3 inches long, with violet-blue to very dark purple flowers.
Hidcote Giant - This is a distinctive lavandin because of its growing habits and the dense unusually shaped spikes, which are excellent for fresh & dried bundles, potpourris and more. This slow-growing variety is very fragrant and features flower heads that are a rich deep lavender-purple in color. Plants are normally between 18" to 24" inches tall. Stem length is approximately 18 inches, flower spike 2-3 inches.
Provence - This variety is also known as French lavender and is one of the largest lavandins. Provence features very long, dense and full spikes that are wonderful for fresh bouquets, lavender wands, potpourri and culinary purposes. The aroma is milder and sweeter than other lavenders. Stem length is approximately 24 inches, flower spike 2-3 inches with violet-blue to very dark purple flowers.
Seal - This is one of the largest varieties of lavender. In fact, the plant may grow to almost three feet wide. It is reputed for having a very good scent and is one of the best for making potpourri and fresh bouquets. This variety features fan-like growth of stems. Seal features an early flowering season. Stem length is approximately 20 inches, flower spike 2-3 inches with dark violet-blue flowers.
Super - This is one of the most elegant lavandins. The variety features a light and flowery aroma. Super has the best perfume of all lavandins and is mainly used for soap fragrances and aromatherapy because it produces a lot of oil. Stem length is approximately 20 inches, flower spike 3-5 inches with light violet-blue flowers.