Limonium platyphyllum (Sea Lavender)
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Limonium platyphyllum (Sea Lavender)

Sea Lavender, Broad-Leaved Statice, Perennial Statice, Limonium latifolium


Limonium platyphyllum (Sea Lavender) is a clump-forming perennial boasting attractive sprays of tiny papery light purple flowers in summer. Blooming in a cloud, they add a soft haze and airy touch in the garden. They are borne on slender and multi-branched stems which rise from a basal rosette of large, broadly spoon-shaped leaves, 6-10 in. long (15-25 cm), which lay nearly flat against the ground. Their dry, papery petals retain their color well, making them an excellent choice for fresh cut flowers or dried arrangements. Attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators, Sea lavender is a relatively easy perennial to cultivate, with few cultural needs. It is a suitable choice for gravel plantings, especially in dry, hot, windy coastal gardens. Its billowing flowers also help soften a corner, edge, retaining wall, or rocky slope.

  • Grows up to 24-30 in. tall and wide (60-75 cm). This plant may self-seed.
  • Easy to grow, Sea Lavender performs best in full sun in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • A welcomed addition to cottage gardens, coastal gardens or rock gardens.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for crown and root rot and make sure you provide good air circulation.
  • Cut back after flowering
  • Propagate by seed in pots outdoors in spring or propagate by division in spring. Seed is the easiest form of propagation. The roots are long and division is difficult.
  • Native to southeastern and central Europe.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Limonium - Sea Lavender
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Limonium - Sea Lavender
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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