Year of 2017

Lavender fields of Valensole, Provence, France

This violet view can be found in the Provencal commune of Valensole, an area renowned for its lavender fields that bloom in the summer months. The pleasant climate of Provence makes it an ideal region for cultivating lavender to be used in cooking, soaps, cosmetics, and other products. Lavender oil is sought out for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and its often used as natural mosquito repellent.

Lavandula is a genus of 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. The most widely cultivated species, Lavandula angustifolia, is often referred to as lavender, and there is a color named for the shade of the flowers of this species.
Scientific name: Lavandula
Biological classification: Genus
Consists of: Lavandula angustifolia · Lavandula stoechas · Lavandula dentata · Lavandula latifolia · Lavandula multifida · Lavandula pedunculata · Lavandula pinnata · Lavandula lanata · Lavandula nimmoi · Lavandula gibsonii · Lavandula bipinnata · Lavandula tenuisecta · Lavandula samhanensis · Lavandula citriodora · Lavandula somaliensis
Belongs to: Lamiaceae
Single lavendar flower