Botanist's Glossary

Lavender Butterfly - Lavandula stoechas

  • Description
    • French lavender, or lavandula stoechas (Lamiaceae family), is an evergreen subshrub with ligneous stems. It is sometimes called "butterfly lavender" due to the tall violet bracts at the top of the flower spikes, reminiscent of butterflies collecting pollen. French lavender grows in siliceous soil in Mediterranean regions, mainly near the coast. It is one of the plants of the maquis.
  • Traditions
    • French lavender flowers had an important place in ancient medicine and were used in antirheumatic oils and cough syrups. These days, this lavender rich in camphor has fewer applications. However, it continues to be used externally to help heal wounds and also to treat respiratory problems.
  • Properties
    • A floral water with many properties is extracted from butterfly lavender. It relaxes the body and mind, soothes the skin, and stimulates the production of "well-being molecules" - beta-endorphins (in-vitro tests).