Characteristics of spike lavender
Common name: Portuguese or Spike lavender
Scientific name: Lavandula latifolia Medicus
Habitat: common plant in the Mediterranean basin where it can be found in dry areas of calcareous and sun exposed soils. Very common with other plants such as rosemary. Sometimes it forms hybrids with lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Miller= Lavandula officinalis Chaix) calls lavandins.
Description of spike lavender
Perennial shrub of the lamiaceae family of up to 1.5 m. high. Much like lavender (Lavender angustifolia), leaves expanded towards the apex, very hairy and grayish green. Flowers gathered in more compact spikes in lavender (no separation between the lower flowers) bracts linear with a single nerve and green.
PORTUGUESE OR SPIKE LAVENDER
Drawing of Portuguese or Spike lavender
Components of Portuguese lavender
– Essential oil rich in camphor, linalool, geraniol, borneol, eucalyptol, eugenol, lavandulol, nerol, d-borneol, limonene, alpha-pinene, alpha-terpinene, alpha-terpineol, etc. (flowers)
– Tannins (flowers)
– Acids: oleanolic and ursolic rosmarinic. (Plant)
– Saponins (flowers)
– Coumarins (Plant)
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF PORTUGUESE LAVENDER
The properties of this lavender are the same as those of common lavender. (See properties of lavender in the list above)
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