Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Limonium spp. (li-MON-ee-um)
Statice, Sea-lavender, caspia
white, lavender, pink, yellow
Form and Size:
The stems of limonium are branched and 24 – 36 inches long. There are tiny flowers in airy clusters on each branch.
4 – 8 days, sometimes longer
Remove any leaves from the bottom of the stem, cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Plumbaginaceae (plumbago or leadwort) family, limonium originated in Europe and eastern Asia. Its botanical name, Limonium, comes from the word “leimon” which is Greek for a meadow. This is in reference to its original habitat. Limonium is lovely in dried arrangements as when dried it will last for years. Because of its airy appearance and delicate blossoms, limonium is a perfect filler flower in floral arrangements.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of limonium include Armeria and Ceratostigma. Some species of limonium are known to have an unpleasant odor.