Growing conditions in the Franschhoek Valley are ideal for lavandine and in 2005 3,7 hectares of lavandine plantations were established on La Motte. As proved by oil analyses, the plants are perfectly suited to La Motte’s well-drained sandy soils with a pH of approximately 7. Cultivation is fully biologic, managing the use of synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, insecticides, weed killers and plant growth regulators.
English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most common variety of lavender. These plants are some of the easiest to grow and bear the classic lavender-coloured blossoms. English lavender effectively treats ailments such as headaches, depression, nervous debility, exhaustion, strep, flu, cellulite disorders and irritability.
The name Lavandula x intermedia applies to various hybrids between Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula latifolia. Characteristics are intermediate between the two species. This species is frequently grown for cut flowers and oil production.
In season, from December to January, Lavandine plants and cut flowers may be purchased from the La Motte Farm Shop.