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Limonium platyphyllum

Sea lavender

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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Plant details

Sometimes known as Limonium latifolium. Sea lavender is ideal for gardens on dry, sandy soil, and even windy coastal gardens. Once established it is fairly drought-tolerant, but thrives equally well in better conditions. Each plant forms a neat rosette of large, attractive oval leaves almost flat on the ground, and these often turn bronze-red in the sun. In mid-summer, wiry stems support frothy masses of tiny pale pink or lavender flowers, like gypsophila but stiffer. The flowers dry out gradually on the plants and, though faded, persist into late summer. For drying, they should be cut just before they are fully open.

Family: Plumbaginaceae

Genus: Limonium

Species: platyphyllum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: July to September

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