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Found in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, the genus Limonium holds over 120 flower species, including Sea Lavender, Statice, and Marsh Rosemary; which are the most common names used for this genus. Most species are native to the Canary Islands and on east through the Mediterranean. Only 3 are native to North America.
Coming from the Greek word for “meadow”, you can recognize these clusters of hardy flower blossoms by their purple and pink tones, and occasionally white/yellowish hues, sitting atop sturdy stems which are usually adorned with small greenish/brown leaves.
Much like baby’s breath, florists use Sea Lavender as filler for bouquets. However, they also know this flower is a great enhancement to flower beds as well. They reach a typical height of 20 inches and add purple and lavender tones to gardens. Here are some tips on growing limonium:
- Choose an area with a full day’s worth of sun. Don’t be afraid of wind harming these plant, they can tolerate it. They can also easily tolerate coastal area conditions (hence the name Sea Lavender).
- Make sure whatever soil this plant lives in drains well. Don’t fret too much over the quality of the soil, as this plant can live in a variety of soils (including saline, gypsum and alkaline).
- Water weekly when limonium is first planted and in the summer when there is little to no rainfall.
- Find a limonium to plant in spring or early summer and watch it blossom and bloom by late summer, early fall.
If you would like to add this flower to any bouquet, it is best to prep them first by cutting an inch off of the stems under water and arrange them in a vase with a water and flower food blend. They should last anywhere from 1-2 weeks in a vase. Limonium is also an easy and beautiful flower to dry out, since it retains its color for a long time. Try adding this dried flower to any wreath, dried arrangement, or craft you may be working on!
Also visit our Limonium Life Cycle page.