Lamiaceae Family of Aromatic Flowering Plants 

October 25, 2022


Photographer: Menashe Davidson   

Summary Author: Menashe Davidson  

The Lamiaceae are a family of flowering plants commonly known as mint or deadnettle. Plants in this family are characterized by square stems, paired and simple leaves, and two-lipped open-mouthed tubular flowers. Many of these plants are aromatic in all parts and include widely used culinary herbs like basil, mint, rosemary, sage, lavender, and salvia. They’re cultivated not only for their aromatic qualities, but also for their ease of cultivation and for their decorative foliage (coleus, for instance).

The photos above demonstrate the botanical richness of plants in the Lamiaceae family. They were all grown in containers in my home garden in Rishon Le Zion Israel, on September 4, 2022.

Picture 1 - Plectranthus Mona Lavender -- ornamental

Picture 2 - Coleus amboinicus -- ornamental

Picture 3 - rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) -- herb

Picture 4 - basil (Ocimum basilicum) -- herb


Rishon Le Zion, Israel Coordinates 31.9730, 34.7925

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