The Q&A Archives: Limonium

Question: I purchased a Limonium, or Sea Lavender, and cannot find any information on it. Is it a perennial or annual? What are the growing requirements?

Answer: Limonium is a member of the Plumbegina family and is an annual, perennial, or biennial that self-sows. In your region it will die down in the winter, but new plants will grow in the bed from the seeds that were spread by the old plants. The plants have large, leathery basal leaves and airy clusters of small, delicate flowers on nearly leafless, many-branched stems. The tiny flowers consist of two parts; an outer, papery envelope, and an inner part which often has a different color. The plants like full sunshine, will tolerate heat and poor soils, but require good drainage. For everlasting bouquets, cut the flowers just after they open and hang them upside down to air dry. They will retain their color and shape for several years.

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