Lavandin fields on the Valensole plateau

Lavandin fields on the Valensole plateau

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Credit: MARTYN F. CHILLMAID/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The plateau has ideal farming conditions for lavender cultivation. 700 metres elevation, flat, the stony soil is fast draining and poor. Two species, Common Lavender, (Lavandula angustifolia) and spike lavender, (Lavandula latifolia) produce a sterile hybrid - Lavandin. The hybrid is more robust with several flowering spikes per stem. This plant now supports a substantial industry producing essential oil and various products from the dried seed capsules. The oil is different to true lavender - having a greater proportion of camphor. However, its high productivity makes it a more commercially viable plant to farm. The yield of 1 litre per 50 to 250 kilos of cuttings produces is up to 7 time greater than common lavender. The essential oil will be added to products like cosmetics, washing powder, candles, soap, and various cleaners. Valensole plateau, Provence, France.

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