Spikes of azure bloom: lavender – history... and stories
Published in Scientific Papers. Series A. Agronomy, Vol. LV-2012
Written by Elena-Loredana POHRIB, Elena NISTOR
Lavender has often drawn considerable attention both scientifically and artistically. The Mediterranean aromatic plant was known and used since ancient times, as mentioned by Theophrastus, Dioscorides and Pliny the Elder, without making any difference between the species. Later on, Hildegarde von Bingen dedicated an entire chapter to lavender in her work “Materia Medica”, distinguishing between Lavandula vera and Lavandula spica for the first time in history. Scientific interest was manifest further on over the centuries until our modern times, as proven by the numerous botany treatises which provide detailed descriptions of the strongly scented plant, highly appreciated in the industry of perfumes, cosmetics and aromatherapy, particularly for its relaxing effect. The numerous varieties are also pleasant to the eye, and their presence in the garden creates full harmony with its delicate beauty, connecting human essence with natural landscape. The pale purple flowers are equally well represented in literature. From William Shakespeare and Stephane Mallarmé to the Romanians Ion Minulescu and Tudor Arghezi, the old metaphor of strong affections and subtle seductiveness blends the magic of nature with simple facts of life. The emotional atmosphere of the meditative stories forges a deep philosophy aiming to recover the self’s authenticity and commonsense.