Named for Professor Claude Abrial who discovered this naturally
occurring hybrid in the 1920's,
Lavandula x intermedia 'Abrialii' was first called 'Eureka' most likely because it was much more vigorous and more
adaptable than other lavandins being grown at the
time. A natural cross between L. angustifolia and L. spica, Abrial
was the plant of choice for oil distillation in France for over 30 years
until it was ultimately replaced in the late seventies by the larger
Grosso Lavender. Today, Abrial
Lavender is still used in oil production in both France and the US.
Abrial Lavender is a little shorter than Grosso
but it has the same dusty purple flower bracts (instead of green like many
lavenders) which may make it the perfect choice for down in front.
We also feel that its shorter stature actually makes a better show. Perhaps
this is because the flower wands are not quite so spread out as they are in