Properties of spike lavender

Characteristics of spike lavender

Common name: Portuguese or Spike lavender

Scientific name: Lavandula latifolia Medicus

Family: Labiatae

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 (Lavandula 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.



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)


The properties of this lavender are the same as those of common lavender. (See properties of lavender in the list below)

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

10 December, 2020

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