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lavender - Cultivation and uses

A small aromatic shrub, native mainly to Mediterranean regions and Atlantic islands, typical of dry scrub; young stems square; leaves narrow, sometimes deeply lobed, greyish, in opposite pairs; flowers 2-lipped, lavender or mauve, in dense spikes. It is widely cultivated for ornament, and as the source of oil of lavender for the perfume industry and for potpourri. (Genus: Lavandula, 28 species. Family: Labiatae.)

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