Name: Statice, sea lavender (Limonium perezii)
Height: plant is about 15cm high, but flowers stand up to twice that
Climate: cold temperate, warm temperate, arid/semi-arid, sub-tropical and tropical.
Soil: prefers deep, well-drained soil but is adaptable to most soil types, except wet clay.
Position: full sun, but will tolerate light shade.
Flowering: lavender-blue flowers in spring, summer and autumn.
Feeding: regular feeding with a balanced, controlled-release fertiliser.
Watering: young plants require reliable watering as they establish. Older plants will need occasional watering in very dry periods.
Statice is an evergreen perennial that stays relatively close to the ground. The leaves are oval and leathery, and have wavy margins. The statice flowers appear on the tops of strong, wiry stems held above the foliage. Lavender in colour, with a hint of blue and white, they have a straw-like feel, and are often seen in dried flower arrangements.
The long flowering period is a major attraction of sea lavender. In most districts, the plant will flower from spring right up until the start of winter. Its style suits cottage gardens, but it also blends well with native plants, and is suited to coastal gardens.
You can plant statice out at any time of the year into a spot in full sun or very light shade. It will tolerate light frosts. The soil must have good drainage, so make sure you plant it in a raised spot if your soil is heavy clay.
Growing statice is a piece of cake. This is a very easy-going and rewarding plant with few demands. If the soil sits wet for long periods the plants can rot off, so ensure good drainage. Plants can also be easily broken or damaged, so be careful when working around them.
Statice does not require pruning. However, you may find that as the plant ages, some of the lower leaves brown off and die. This is entirely natural. These can be cut off close to the stem to create a tidier looking plant.
Occasionally young statice plants might be attacked by insects, but they very rarely pose a problem. Use a garden insecticide if pest numbers build up.
The easiest way to create new sea lavender plants is to divide larger old ones. Dig the plant up in late winter, making sure you get plenty of the roots. Use a sharp knife or secateurs to cut it into parts, again ensuring that each part has plenty of roots attached. Then simply plant out the separate portions into a sunny, well-drained part of the garden.
Osteospermum: an incredibly tough ground cover with a long flowering period.
Alstroemeria: a herbaceous perennial that lasts a long time as a cut flower in a vase.
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