Purple Flowers

A List of Purple Flowers and Purple Plants

Kinds of Purple Flowers

Purple flowers are purple are some of the prettiest, most interesting around (okay, some of you will say these are more properly violet flowers).  Here are some examples of purple flowers and purple plants.  Please share if you’ve got more suggestions to add!

Lavender

Fields of purple lavender and the endless paintings they’ve inspired, the calming mellow taste of lavender in an evening lavender tea, the soothing scent of lavender at the Hot House … The Purple Store’s staff thinks one of the greatest gifts to the purple world we’re building is lavender.

Common Lavender Species

Koehler's Medicinal Plants 1887: Lavandula Angustifolia

Lavandula Angustifolia:

Also known as Common Lavender, is native to the western Mediterranean, primarily in the mountains of northern Spain. This species of lavender grows best in USDA Zone 5, survives with low water consumption and does not grow well in continuously damp soil. Lavandula Angustifolia makes excellent lavender oil and lavender tea. It also adds a mellow flavor to subtle foods as a culinary herb.

Uses:

  • Lavender oil
  • Lavender tea
  • Culinary herb

Lavandula stoechas

Lavandula stoechas

Lavandula Stoechas, also known as Topped Lavender or French Lavender, is native to the Mediterranean region. It is classified as a noxious weed in Victoria, Australia.

Uses:

  • Air freshener
  • Insecticide

 

Lavender Recipes and Herbal Uses

Lavender Ice Cream

3/4 c. Honey 2 c. Heavy Cream
1 tsp. Dried Lavender placed in a tea ball or gause 7 egg yolks
1 c. Half and Half

Pour the half and half and the cream into a heavy sauce pan. Add the lavender to this mixture and warm for about 5 minutes. Remove the lavender flowers. Wisk the egg yolks in a bowl until they are frothy. Slowly pour the about half of the warm cream into the mixture of egg yolks as you wisk continuously. Combine the remainder of the yolk and cream mixture into the saucepan and continue to heat on low (stirring constantly) for about 5 minutes. Strain the mixture into a bowl and wisk in the honey. Chill the mixture and then freeze according to the instructions on your ice cream maker.

Source: Purple Haze Lavender Ltd.

Lavender Festivals

California, USA
Sonoma Lavender Festival
2007: June 16 & 17
Idaho, USA
Valley View Lavender Farm
Lavender margaritas!
2007: July 7 & 8
Pennsylvania, USA
Pennsylvania Lavender Festival
Texas, USA
Blanco Lavender Festival
Washington, USA
Sequim Lavender Festival
2007: July 20, 21 & 22

Lavender Products

Lavender Ice Cream

Ruby Jewel makes an amazingly decadent ice cream sandwich with lemon cookies and lavender ice cream. The product is currently available in Oregon, Washington and California. For store locations or to learn more about requesting the sandwiches in your area, go to: Ruby Jewel Treats.

Lavender Tea

Numi Tea makes an organic, kosher, halal lavender tea with hibiscus made from fair-trade ingredients called “Lavender Dream”.

The Tao of Tea makes an organic lavender tea made from fair-trade ingredients – look for the Tao of Tea’s Chamomile Lavender at your local store.

Traditional Medicinals Organic Chamomile Lavender Tea

Look for Traditional Medicinals’ “Organic Chamomile with Lavender for Nervous Stomach” tea at your local grocery, drug or health store.

Yogi tea incorporates lavender into their Bedtime, St. John Wort and Woman’s Nursing Mom teas.

Rishi makes an organic, fair-trade Lavender Earl Grey tea.

Lavender Chocolate

Dagoba makes a kosher lavender dark chocolate bar rich in anti-oxidants, with 59% cacao.

Bibliography

Lavender. (2006, September 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11:32, September 17, 2006 from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender

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