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limonium

Name

Pronounced Le-MOHN-ium which comes from the Greek word leimon which means meadow. Commonly called sea lavender because it has lilac flowers and grows in coastland areas, or statice because its appearance hardly changes throughout flowering.

Description

Narrow stalks branch off into many slender stems, each branching into further stemlets bearing several tiny papery flowers. The flowers look stunning en masse, by themselves or as an ideal filler.

Origin

The species is native to the Caucasus, but it has been cultivated in the UK since 1791.

Availability

It used to be available as a cut flower in high summer only, but growing techniques and imports mean we can enjoy this flower all year round.

Colour

Shades of purple and pink.

 

Image courtesy of Studio Laguna and Ashley Fox Designs