Sea Lavender

Sea Lavender. Herbaceous Perennial Flower

 

Also known as Statice, Statice Plumbago

Limonium latifolium

Plumbaginaceae Family

Synonym: Statice latifolia

 

Tolerant of droughty soil, this sun-loving perennial delivers dense clouds of blue to pink-purple flowers rising above dark green basal rosettes. Delicate and airy in the garden and as a dried flower.

Sunlight:

 

full sun

 

Shade from hot afternoon sun in very hot climates.

 

Soil conditions:

 

tolerates droughty soil

requires well-drained soil

 

Also tolerates salt.

 

Hardiness zones:

 

3 to 9

 

May be only marginally hardy in Zone 3.

 

 

Lifecycle: perennial

 

Ease-of-care: easy

 

Height: 1.5 to 2.5 feet

 

Spread: 1 to 1.5 feet

 

Bloom time:

 

mid-summer

late summer

 

Flower color:

 

blue

violet

pink

 

Foliage color: dark green

 

Foliage texture: medium

 

Shape: cushion, mound or clump

 

Leaves form a basal rosette.

 

Shape in flower: flower stalks with upright spikes

 

Tiny flowers borne in masses on tough, wiry stems that rise above the foliage.

 

How to plant:

 

Propagate by seed, division or separation – Sow seeds in the spring, barely covering them. Plants take 3 to 4 years to establish.

 

Make root cuttings in early spring.

 

Difficult to divide. Divide in very early spring. Use care, as the roots are long and easily damaged.

 

Maintenance and care:

 

Provide space between plants for adequate air circulation to reduce diseases.

 

Usually does not need staking.

 

Deadhead to prolong bloom. Leave the attractive stems and flower heads for fall and winter interest, and cut back in spring.

 

Plants don’t need dividing. Leave clumps undisturbed except to propagate.

 

More growing information: How to Grow Perennials

 

Pests:

 

Usually not a problem.

 

Diseases:

 

Rust

Leaf and flower spots

Gray mold

Crown and root rots

 

 

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