This lovely Lavender Vera wand is at the perfect stage for
picking and drying. After the dew has dried and before the hot sun hits, cut your wands and lay them
on screens or hang them in groups in a cool dark spot to dry. Store in an airtight container for later use.
At one time Lavandula Vera was botanically
called Lavandula officinalis. The officinalis refers to the designation as
an official plant used in medicine. This term is no longer used in
conjunction with Lavandula and has been replaced with the term anugstifolia.
Vera is thought to be the original species lavender. However, the seeds
that have been spread throughout the world, often have different colored
flowers and slightly different chemical constituencies.
Much of the Lavender Vera harvested for distillation is
grown in Bulgaria. During June and July the fresh lavender sprays are
harvested and the oil extracted to make Lavender absolute, a wonderfully
fragrant and powerful yellow green liquid.