MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Lavandin is planted in rows of various widths to match the harvesting equipment. In south east France, particularly Provence, two varieties of lavender, English Lavender, (Lavandula angustifolia) from the hills and spike lavender, (Lavandula latifolia) from the coast, cross ranges and produce a sterile hybrid - Lavandin. The hybrid is a much more robust plant with more flowering spikes on some stems. By carefully selecting cuttings 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 with a greater proportion of camphor. Its high productivity makes it a more commercially viable. The yield is 1 litre per 50 to 250 kilos of cuttings which is a 7 time greater yield than lavender. The essential oil will be added to various products. Provence, France.
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