Lavender is one of the 39 species in its family and is characterised as a very popular and beautiful in an own way flower to grow and look after. It is not hard to distinguish the plant. Many believe that lavender comes in dark purple, but, although the fact that even a colour from the purple range is named after it, helping this same general presumption, the variations in colour as well as size of the bushels and the florets are many. They come in light to very dark purple, from blue to pink and even white with various shades of different colours. The bushes themselves are usually not evergreen, but in warmer climates can last throughout the year. Their height ranges to 90cm while the width can be double or even triple this number.
Lavender flower facts
The lavender plant is useful in quite many ways. This current variability and diversity in the usefulness of the plant is a result of many changes and transformations during the past. There have been many forms and shades of the lavender which have been, on the other side, taken care of and cultivated by namy and different cultures and in various climates. It is regarded both as a curing agent, cosmetic ingredient, nutritional item and more. Perfumes, fresheners and soaps are using the enchanting smell of the flower as a main source of aroma.
However, cosmetically speaking, these florets are extremely useful not only for the lovely smell – they work wonders for most troubled types of skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory and because it stimulates cell growth, lavender is great against scars, acne and irregularities in the skin hydration levels. As a food ingredient, this same cure is used in the Mediterranean for the production of an exquisite honey. It is also used as flavour for sweets, both bakes and frozen, as well as meat dishes, salads and soups.
Most of all, however, the lavender flower is used for its unique looks and beauty, for the charm and aromatic pleasure it brings to every room. It is also a beloved present by women (not girls!) for it reminds of both the gentleness and the stability of femininity. However, one should be careful when gifting this flower to people who are into meanings and symbolisms because it is often regarded as the symbol of decadence when in its most vividly purple hue.
In general, however, they signify devotion and long lasting partnership. They can be given in a potter form as well as a bouquet. Keep in mind that it is not usual to hand single lavender stems since it is just not meant to be. They are best received as a main ‘ingredient’ in a larger mass of flowers – lots of greens and maybe even coupled with some chocolates.