You Didn't Know About Lavender From recipes to fragrances, any lavender lover most likely knows.We've rounded up our favorite lavender facts, from how to grow it to a few ancient uses you probably haven't heard of before. 1 Lavender is a perennial in the mint family. 2 Its scientific name is "lavandula." 3 The color lavender is actually named after "lavandula angustifolia," the most widely cultivated flower species. 4 Its name comes from the Latin word "lavare," which means "to wash." 5 The Romans used lavender to scent everything from their bathing water to bedding—and even their hair. 6 Lavender has many uses, but commerically, it's primarily valued for the production of essential oils. 7 Lavender buds are covered in tiny hairs. 8 Lavender is drought-tolerant and can thrive in high temperatures. 9 You can Easily enjoy lavender year round by drying it out. This process only takes 2-3 weeks! 10 Or, extend your growing season by planting multiple varieties that thrive in different months. 11 Lavender oil is said to increase drowsiness. 12 It's also a great ingredient to use for cooking meats and sweets. 13 In Ancient Egypt, lavender was used in the mumification process. 14 Queen Victoria is believed to have been a fan of lavender. 15 Queen Marie Antoinette also decorated her royal palace with fragrant lavender. 16 Baths were uncommon in the Elizabethan times, so people used lavender to make their clothes and linens smell nice. 17 Lavender will help attract bees and butterflies to your yard. 18 Want to keep mosquitos away? The lavandin variety is high in camphor, which repels bugs.