Here is some information about the Lavandula x intermedia hybrids (“French lavender”) that are use to create RavenCroft Lavandin Essential Oil Blends.
Lavandula x intermedia “Edelweiss”
Sometimes referred to as “White Grosso”, this native of England has unique bluish-green buds that burst open to reveal bright white flowers.
Lavandula x intermedia “Gros Bleu”
Blooming relatively late in the lavender season, Gros Bleu has long, fine spikes loaded with dark purplish-blue flowers. When dried, the buds hold their rich color well.
Lavandula x intermedia “Grosso”
Pierre Grosso selected this hardy French hybrid in the 1970s, establishing Grosso as the world’s most cultivated lavandin. It currently accounts for an enormous fraction of global lavandin-type oil.
Lavandula x intermedia “Hidcote Giant”
True to its name, this unusual lavandin can grow to huge proportions, and is easily recognized by its uniquely large, plump flower heads.
Lavandula x intermedia “Impress Purple”
Originating in France, this highly ornamental lavandin boasts striking purple flowers with a silvery glitter in strong light. It performs well as a cut flower in bouquets.
Lavandula x intermedia “Super”
Another variety that originated in France, Super blooms about the same time as Grosso, but with a somewhat lighter purple flower that performs well in ornamental and fragrance applications. It has a sweet, light herbal scent with floral qualities that reminds many of the English lavenders.