With almost 2000 years of recorded use, lavender has been grown in a wide variety of places, from North Africa to Alpine Europe, and now in the Texas Hill Country.
In its long history, lavender has been used for embalming, warding off the bubonic plague, as an antiseptic during WWII, for perfumes, aromatherapy, and scenting linens.
The Romans brought lavender to Britain and France. It was actually quite costly to a Roman, about equal to a months wages for a farm worker.
Lavender is found in the Bible as Spikenard, taken from the name of a city in Syria, Naarda.