Sea lavender

Limonium latifolium

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Sea lavender (Limonium latifolium)
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Genus:  Limonium

Sea lavender is a rosette-forming perennial with mid- to dark-green leaves to 12 inches long, occasionally to 24 inches. Deep lavender-blue flowers are borne in panicles made of spikelets on wiry stems.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Grows well in salty, windy, and sandy conditions. Useful in a sunny herbaceous border and for naturalizing. Flowers are good for cutting and drying. 

Care: 

Prefers sandy, well-drained soil and full sun.

Propagation: 

Sow seed in containers outdoors. Divide in spring.

Problems: 

Rust, leaf, and flower spots, gray mold, Southern blight, and crown rot.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry
Characteristics
Attracts Beneficial Bugs,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

Limonium latifolium