Limonium sinuatum – Sea Lavender

Limonium sinuatum, Sea Lavender, can you have a coastal garden and not grow it?  Surely it would be rude not to.  Salt and wind tolerant and originating from the Mediterranean, although it has also naturalised in California, we do not grow it in the Med Bed (far too obvious) but on the back edge of the Lawn Border.  The stems are rigid and winged and the flowers are also stiff.  It is often grown to produce dried flowers, cut them before they are in full bloom, hang upside down in a dark room and in a fortnight, with any luck, they will be dry and ready for display.  It is classed as a perennial herbaceous plant with a rhizomous root system and although we have left it in the ground over winter it hasn’t perenniated (what a lovely word) with us yet.  This cultivated variety comes in blue, white, pink and yellow and will continue to flower up until the first frost.  Then, like many plants in the garden, it will come to a full stop.  It has been cultivated as a garden flower since the 17th century and was used by herbalists to treat dysentery amongst other nasties.  Not just a pretty face.

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