Limonium californicum (California Sea Lavender)
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Limonium californicum (California Sea Lavender)

Western Marsh Rosemary, California Sea Lavender, California Sealavender, Western Marsh-rosemary, Limonium californicum var. mexicanum, Limonium mexicanum


Limonium californicum (California Sea Lavender) is a tough evergreen perennial or rounded subshrub sporting large clusters of tiny flowers with lavender to white petals. They are borne on stiff branching stems, well above the basal rosette of thick, leathery, oval leaves, up to 8 in. long (20 cm). Blooming from mid summer to winter, California Sea Lavender is a plant of coastal habitat such as beaches, salt marshes, and coastal prairie, and other sandy saline and alkaline habitat such as playas. The dry, papery petals retain their color well, making them a good choice for dried arrangements. Ideal for seaside gardens, near wet areas such as dune swales and ponds near the coast.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall and wide (30-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in constantly moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates salt spray.
  • No serious insect or disease problems.
  • A welcomed addition to Mediterranean gardens, coastal gardens, bog gardens, near ponds and streams.
  • Native to western North America from Oregon to Baja California, with occasional sightings in Nevada and Arizona.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 5, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Limonium - Sea Lavender
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 5, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Limonium - Sea Lavender
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average, High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Bog Gardens, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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