The lavenders (Lavandula) are a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. An Old World genus, distributed from Macaronesia (Cape Verde and Canary Islands and Madeira) across Africa, the Mediterranean, South-West Asia, Arabia, Western Iran and South-East India. It is thought the genus originated in Asia but is most diversified in its western distribution.
The genus includes annuals, herbaceous plants, subshrubs, and small shrubs. The native range extends across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Arabia and India. Because the cultivated forms are planted in gardens worldwide, they are occasionally found growing wild as garden escapees, well beyond their natural range. However, since lavender cross-pollinates easily, there are countless variations within the species. The color of the flowers of some forms has come to be called lavender.
Lavender color is a pale shade of purple. This particularly applies to the color of the flowers with the same name. Lavender can also be described as a soft purple or bright pink and purple. Additional color lavender olive.
As a result of the fact that the lavender planted in a cultural form in the gardens around the world, often found growing wild bushes of lavender, which are outside its natural range. Due to the fact that lavender is very easy to cross-pollinated, you can find many variations of these colors within a species.