Here is some information about the cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia that are used to make RavenCroft Lavender Essential Oils.
Lavandula angustifolia “Buena Vista”
Developed in Oregon by Dr. Don Roberts, Buena Vista grows in a somewhat swirling, wind-blown pattern, displaying dark violet-blue buds and vibrant flowers.
Lavandula angustifolia “Croxton’s Wild”
One on the earliest bloomers, Croxton’s Wild blooms with very pale blue flowers evolving to bright violet.
Lavandula angustifolia “Folgate”
Originating in Norfolk, England, Folgate sports a periwinkle blue flower, and is often selected in culinary applications. This hardy variety is known for its tolerance of relatively colder climates.
Lavandula angustifolia “French Fields”
Though its origin is uncertain, French Fields takes its name from the wild- growing lavender in Mediterranean regions of France, which it resembles. In Oregon, French Fields is one the of the very first angustifolias to bloom in the spring.
Lavandula angustifolia “Imperial Gem”
Developed in the 1960s at Norfolk Lavender in England, Imperial Gem sports attractive violet flowers with darker violet buds. It resembles Hidcote, but has larger flower heads.
Lavandula angustifolia “Melissa”
Originating from the Van Hevelingen Herb Nursery in Oregon, Melissa blooms white, fading to a delicate pink. Its unique, enticing aroma conjures anisic flowers, the savory goodness of wild mushrooms, and a touch of pepper — a good choice in savory culinary applications.
Lavandula angustifolia “Purple Bouquet”
A recent development from Sunshine Herb Farm in Washington, Purple Bouquet boasts dark purple flowers on long stems, making it a favorite for bouquets and lavender crafting.
Lavandula angustifolia “Royal Purple”
A WWII-era variety from Norfolk, England, with relatively light violet flowers and a large growth habit that makes it useful for hedging. Its rich, herbal oil, sadly, is produced at one of the lowest yields of all the lavenders.
Lavandula angustifolia “Sharon Roberts”
Another Oregon original from Dr. Don Roberts, Sharon Roberts presents itself as a darker-purple relative of Buena Vista.