Limonium sinuatum (lim-OH-nee-um sin-yoo-AY-tum) is an herbaceous perennial hailing from Western Asia, North Africa, and Europe.
It does well in Mediterranean regions. It is a member of the Plumbaginaceae family.
The plants’ common names include:
- Notch Leaf Statice
- Perennial Sea Lavender
- Wavyleaf Sea Lavender
The plants’ genus name, Limonium, is derived from the Greek, leimon, which means “a meadow.”
This refers to the fact this plant naturally grows in salt meadows.
The specific epithet, sinuatum, refers to the plants’ leaf margins and means “wavy margin.”
Statice Flower Care
Size & Growth
- Status can grow to be between 1′ foot and 1.5′ feet high.
- Individual plants have a spread of about 1′ foot.
- The unique foliage consists of winged, almost leafless stems.
- They rise straight up from basal rosettes to a height of about 18″ inches.
- Raised, wavy margins perform the function of leaves.
Flowering & Fragrance
Notchleaf Statice produces thick clusters of funnel-shaped flowers, the petals of which have a papery texture.
The plant blooms abundantly in the summertime throughout the months of June and July.
The flowers come in a wide range of colors, including:
These sturdy, delicate-looking flowers do very well in fresh-cut flower arrangements.
They also dry well and make good additions to wreaths, dried flower arrangements, and the like.
Light & Temperature
Perennial Sea Lavender thrives in a full sun setting in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 10.
They do best in a low humidity setting.
Watering & Feeding
Statice is a drought-tolerant, hardy plant doing best when treated as a wildflower.
Its watering requirements are low, and once established, it may do quite well with only the water it attains from rainfall.
In periods of extreme drought, water deeply, occasionally, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
This weedy wildflower needs little or no fertilizing.
The nourishment found in well-draining, loamy soil with plenty of organic matter worked in should be ample.
Soil & Transplanting
These undemanding, hardy plants do well in dry-to-medium sandy loam providing good drainage and air circulation.
Because these plants naturally grow in salty meadows, they are a good choice for a seaside garden.
Grooming & Maintenance
There is almost no maintenance associated with Wavyleaf Sea Lavender.
They are not repeating bloomers.
Instead, they produce only one long bloom.
For this reason, it is not necessary to deadhead spent blossoms.
How To Propagate Limonium Sinuatum
Sow seed directly into the soil immediately after the last predicted spring frost.
Alternately, start plants indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last predicted spring frost.
Limonium Sinuatum Pest or Disease Problems
In soggy soil, the Statice Flower may suffer from root and crown rot.
Be sure you prepare well-draining, loamy soil with good air circulation to prevent this problem.
Is The Plant Considered Toxic Or Poisonous?
Notchleaf Statice is non-toxic.
Is The Plant Considered Invasive?
Perennial Sea Lavender is a hardy, enthusiastic grower.
As such, it has tremendous weed potential in disturbed soil, along roadsides and in areas such as cemeteries.
In the state of California, it is considered an invasive plant.
Suggested Statice Flower Uses
Wavyleaf Sea Lavender grows as a perennial in conducive climates or as an annual in cooler settings.
It does well naturalized in a meadow setting and also makes a good addition to your cut flower garden.
The sturdy plants make a nice, tall mixed border plant and also add a touch of hardy color to your rock garden.