Lavandula buchii is a fragrant shrub that is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is also known as Lavandula pinnata var. Buchii, Lavandula buchii ‘Tenerife’. It is native to Tenerife, Canary Islands. It is a herbaceous perennial. It grows well in the ground as well as containers and it is hardy and can grow to 2ft or 60cm high. It has silver feathery leaves, twice dissected or bipinnate. It produces pale violet flowers on tall branching spikes.
It was first described by Philip Barker-Webb (1793-1854) an English botanist and Sabin Berthelot (1794-1880) a French Naturalist. Philip Barker-Webb co-authored a nine-volume Histoire Naturelle des Iles Canaries after a visit to the Canary Islands on his way to a Brazil expedition. Sabin Berthelot resided on the islands and collected specimens. The nine-volume book took 20 years to produce.
Plant Lavandula buchii in the full sun in the plant it in well-drained soil which is acidic to neutral. It requires very little water. Lavandula buchii is used for its aromatic leaves and flowers, for culinary purposes (flowers not recommended for human consumption) as well as a cut flower. It attracts bees and butterflies, and it is deer-resistant. Propagate from seeds but be aware they are slow to germinate, it could take about 8 weeks.