Lavender, the Useful Plant

UT Gardens' June 2022 Plant of the Month

Series: UT Plant of the Month | Story 3

How many times do you use the phrase "stop and smell the roses"? This sentiment also applies to many plants and especially to lavender.

One of my favorite places in the University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, is the Herb Spiral. Not only is the spiral a wonderful display of herbs, but it also features beautiful lavender growing among its rocks. The particular plant is Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas). With its "bunny ears" appearance, just looking at it makes you smile because it looks so happy. And the bees love it!

Lavender belongs to the genus Lavandula, which includes 45 differ...

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