Sea Lavender, Statice
Limonium dumosa, L. latifolium, L. perezii
GERMAN Statice Limonium dumosa
Forms a handsome rosette of dark green leaves topped with tremendous sprays of light silvery flowers. They dry to white and resemble Baby's Breath. Butterflies love them. Tolerates poor soil and salt spray. Grows 15-20 inches tall. Winter hardy to zone 4.
BLUE SEAS Statice Limonium perezii
Stout, 3 foot tall plants, produce very large clusters of dark blue blooms over a long spring and summer season. Flowers superb in fresh cut or dried bouquets.
A favorite perennial for beach plantings. Damaged by temperatures below 25° F., so heavy blooming, worth growing even where it freezes out at times. Prefers part shade in hot climates. Winter hardy to zone 9.
SEA LAVENDER Statice Limonium latifolium
Growing 24-30 inches tall, this hardy perennial produces up to a dozen 18-24 inch multi-branched flower heads (carrying hundreds of ¼ inch blooms) which create a delightful, soft lavender haze. Flowers are excellent for cutting, retain color even when dried. Easy to grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Winter hardy to zone 3.
How to Plant Limonium Seeds
Sow seeds in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover. Kept at 70-75° F. germination is in 8-21 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds after all danger of frost, in groups of 3-4 seeds spaced 18-24 inches apart. Thin to the strongest plant. See Starting your seeds for more information.