Lavandula canariensis Mill.

Canary Island Lavender

Shrub to about 1 m or more tall. Leaves to about 3 cm long, divided twice, bright green and with a covering of short hair. Flower spikes to about 10 cm long, narrow, branched at the base. Bracts more or less lanceolate, long-pointed and bluish at the tip, with 5 prominent veins. Calyx 15-nerved, upper tooth without a protuberance. Petals about 1 cm long, violet; summer through to winter. [L. multifida L. subsp. canariensis (Mill.) Pit. & Proust.]

Canary Islands (Tenerife, La Palma)

Probable hybrids between this species and L. pinnata occurred at Adelaide Botanic Garden when the two plants were grown side by side.

Differs from L. multifida in having long, narrow flower spikes, green leaves, a down of short hair and 5-veined bracts.

Source: Spencer, R.; Holmes, R.; McNaughton, V. (2002). Lavandula. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Lavandula L.