Sea lavender or Statice: Limonium tetragonum

Sea lavender, also known as statice, belongs to the Plumbaginacea family. There are about 150 species that can be found in coastal zones and wasteland throughout the world.

Limonium tetragonum, native to China, Korea and Japan, is an upright herbaceous perennial with a basal rosette of narrow leaves 15 cm (6 in) long. The tiny spikes of pink flowers with hairy, white calixes appear in autumn. Growing to 45 cm high, sea lavender is a very popular cut flower but it is only half-hardy. It is best grown as a container plant on balconies and terraces.

Limonium echioides

Limonium echioides (Photo credit: Valter Jacinto | Portugal)

It grows best in well-drained soil in a sunny position. Because it is only semi-hardy, it should only placed outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Sea lavender should only be watered moderately and fed with a weak solution of fertilizer. Although a herbaceous perennial, it is usually grown as an annual or biennial and raised from seed in spring.

10. December 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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