Within these two species there are hundreds of varieties, ranging in color from white, to pink, to dark purple, with numerous shades in between – so color is not a primary way of identifying whether you are looking at an angustifolia or intermedia. Fun sidenote: some species of lavender (namely Spanish Lavender, or lavandula stoechas, or “that lavender that looks like a pineapple with wings on the top”) are rumored to have green, hot pink, and yellow varieties, but we cannot confirm or deny these conspiracy theories because we do not personally grow them. If you want to see a lavandula stoechas at our farm, we encourage you to visit our farm and A) butter up Farmer Rick who for some inexplicable reason disdains Winged Lavender, and then B) ask that a variety of lavandula stoechas be included in our annual Customer Choice vote.*
There are numerous other differences between angustifolia and intermedia (propagation vs. growing from seed, oil production) but we’ll address those in future posts. Since most customers are eager to get out to the field and start cutting at this point, I release them to go take their 8,000 photos and cut the perfect bouquet with all the different varieties – so I’ll leave you now, gentle reader, to scamper around in your own garden to determine which type(s) of lavender you are sporting. If you can’t figure it out, tweet us a photo and ask Farmer Rick for help! #AskFarmerRick
*My nefarious plan worked! In 2017, our customers chose a lavendula stoechas – “Kew Red” – for our customer choice field. In addition, we planted a yellow lavendula stoechas in our front garden.