{Lavandula.) A delightfully fragrant plant, much used in making perfumes. The leaves and flowers of lavender are said to have been used by the ancients to perfume their baths ; hence the name Lavandula maybe derived from lavare, to wash. The common lavender grows wild on stony mountains and hills in the south of Europe, and is largely cultivated in gardens in Surrey in England and near Philadelphia. The flowers of the lavender are often put into wardrobes to keep away moths. Oil of lavender, largely used in medicine, is made by distilling the flowers with water; and Lavender water, one of the most popular of all perfumes, is obtained by dissolving oil of lavender with smaller quantities of spirit and rose-water.