Perennial herb to nearly 1m tall. Leaves to about 8 cm long, 3 cm wide, more or less lanceolate, surface smooth or rough, hairless to densely hairy, margin with regular saw teeth, stalk absent or very short. Flower cluster a terminal spike. Flowers with corolla white, pink or lilac; summer to autumn. [M. cordifolia of authors not Opiz, M. viridis L.]
S and C Europe
Of unknown origin and naturalised in NSW, Vic, Tas, SA and WA.
Sometimes listed as M.×spicata.
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Source: (2002). Lavandula. In: . 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.