Lavender is a star ingredient in many products across the health, beauty and cleaning industries. Almost every piece of the lavender plant, from its flowers and leaves to the oil it yields, can be used in some capacity. Its bracing floral scent is unmistakable, and for this reason it is often used in perfumes and aromatherapy. Lavender essential oil is known for its relaxing qualities that can aid sleep in some cases. Its flowers are even used in the food industry, adding botanical notes to desserts, cocktails and more.

So, where did this versatile, vibrant purple shrub come from? And how does it grow? Let’s find out.