The Limonium Genus (Sea Lavender; Statice)

Also known as Caspia, or Marsh-Rosemary, Limonium is a genus of 120 different species, hailing from the leadwort family.

They can be found across the world, but the greatest diversity belongs to the area between the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, and the middle of Asia, where over a hundred species can be found.

Limonium At A Glance

Limoniums are lovely perennial plants which produce seas of tiny purple, violet-blue, or purple and white blooms.

These plants are very easy to care for, and the flowers are often used in cutting gardens or dried flower bouquets.

Limonium Name Origin

The genus name comes from the Latin word līmōnion, which is derived from the Ancient Greek word leimon, meaning meadow. 

You may also know the plant as the sea lavender, or marsh-rosemary, which refers to the appearance of the flowers.

The Symbolism Behind The Sea Lavender

Sea lavender plants represent beauty, remembrance, victory, and condolences. 

Statice Uses

Besides being a great ornamental plant, Limonium is also the perfect option for dried flower arrangements.

They are fairly long-lived as a cut flower, and when dried, they keep a lot of their color and form.

The plant also has some herbal remedy applications, too. Statice has been used to help alleviate stomach upsets, gonorrhea, a lack of interest in food, and bleeding in the lung.

Limonium Growing Requirements

Most types of Limonium bloom in spring, through to the summer months, and are hardy in USDA zones 3 through to 11.

On average, sea lavender plants reach a maximum of 3 feet tall, depending on the growing conditions and how much room they have.

Sea lavenders need as much sunlight as you can give them, and decent soil with plenty of nutrients, which has a good amount of drainage.

Limonium isn’t demanding when it comes to watering or maintenance, allowing you to focus on other plants.

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