Lavender, thyme (Lavandula stoechas)

The infusion of its dried inflorescences is febrile and fights chest and bronchial affections. Outdoors, it is used as an antiseptic, for sores and wounds, and was formerly placed under mattresses to give odor and purify the environment.

In Villamesías this plant is abundant, giving color to the countryside from Easter to summer.


Aromatic plant, of the family of the lamiaceae, within the lavenders, it is the one that is distributed mainly in the Iberian Peninsula. It is a perennial plant with very tomentose stems. It is a shrub that can reach up to 60 cm in height. The flowers are at the tip and are bluish-pink, more rounded than those of their counterparts.

Watering should not be abundant, and we must let the soil and/or substrate dry out until the next watering, which is why soils and substrates must drain well to avoid affecting the root system.

It is recommended to apply a balanced NPK fertilizer in early spring to promote growth and flowering. Eventually the plant will age and can be clipped to encourage regrowth. That is why at the end of flowering it must be pruned and remove the flower buds, as well as those that are dry.

The simplest method is by cutting, for it at the end of the summer and the flowering period we will cut a stem that is healthy and strong, and we will place it in a small pot with sandy substrate and organic matter, that we will maintain humid until the cutting takes root and we make sure that this one is going to develop.

Used in medicine, perfume production, etc. In ancient times it was used for washing (hence its etymological origin), nowadays we can find it in xerophytic gardens, as it gives off aromas that delight users. It also has a beautiful flowering that makes it very suitable to form Mediterranean shrub thickets in flowerbeds or gravel areas.