A pretty plant, native in the warmer parts of Europe, and kept in our gardens. It is a shrubby herb, two feet high, and keeps its leaves all the year. The stem is woody; the leaves stand thick on the lower branches, and they are longish, narrow, and whitish, especially on the under side. The flowers are yellow, and stand at the tops of the stalks; they are dry and chaffy, and may be kept for a long time. The whole plant has an agreeable smell, when rubbed between the fingers.
The leafy stalks are used; their tops are best, and those fresh gathered: an infusion of them works by urine, and opens obstructions. It is good in jaundices, and obstructions of the menses.
There is another plant called Arabian stoechas, or French lavender. It has been described already under the head of lavender, to which it belongs, for it is altogether different from this plant.