Lavandula antineae is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is a woody perennial, native to the Sahara, covering Algeria to Chad, Niger, and Sudan. Lavandula is from Latin referring to washing and antineae is a reference to the queen of Atlantis. In French they call it “Lavande du Désert”.
Lavandula antineae is edible and is used for gardens and cut flowers. It has hairy stems and grows to about 50cm or 20in tall. When the climate is wet the stems are green with leaves, in drought the stems get woody with no leaves. The leaves are elliptical and hairy and finely dissected. The flowers are blue or violet and have ovate bracts and tube-shaped corollas that widen into a cup. They are fragrant, in fact, the whole plant is fragrant. Lavandula antineae flowers in spring.
How to grow Lavandula antineae:
Grow Lavandula antineae in the sun. Plant in well-drained soil. Propagate from seeds and softwood cuttings. It attracts bees and butterflies but it is deer resistant. It is drought tolerant. They use this plant in traditional medicine as antiseptic or sedative, also to treat colds and rheumatism.
Lavandula antineae has three subspecies:
Lavandula antineae subsp. antinae
Lavandula antineae subsp. marrana
Lavandula antineae subsp. tibesticad