Genus: Sea lavender


Michelle Gervais
Sea lavender (Limonium)
Limonium is a genus of about 150 species of annuals, biennials, perennials, and subshrubs grown for their sprays of papery flowers in summer and autumn. They are native to coasts, salt marshes, and deserts around the world, and therefore need sandy or stony soil. Grow in a border, cutting garden, coastal garden, or rock garden, depending on species size.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Papery, long-blooming flowers. Good for cutting and drying.
Care:  Grow in sandy, well-drained soil in full sun.

Start annuals indoors in early spring at 55-64°F. Sow perennials outdoors in containers, or divide them, in spring.


Common problems include rust, leaf spot, flower spot, gray mold, Southern blight, and crown rot.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Limonium

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Sea lavender
Limonium latifolium