Magazine article Sunset

Fresh or Dried, Statice Is a Long-Laster

Magazine article Sunset

Fresh or Dried, Statice Is a Long-Laster

Article excerpt

Long-lasting flowers are annual statice's claim to fame. These agreeable bloomers (Limonium species) produce bit but airy-looking clusters on stalks that reach 2 feet in height. They make excellent cut flowers, lasting up to two weeks, and are outstanding as dried flowers.

Limonium sinuatum comes in shades of lavender blue, and rose. Limonium bonduelli produces cheerful yellow blooms. You can find both now in nurseries in 1-gallon cans, or start seed now for bloom this summer.

The plants of both species are surprisingly small, considering the flower displays they produce. Each plant consists of rosette of lobed 6-inch leaves.

You can set out plants in a sunny, fast-draining spot in your flower garden (space them 18 to 24 inches apart), then allow the flower stalks to fan out naturally. Or, if you want to produce the maximum number of flowers in a small space, set plants close together--as shown above in Kathleen Miller's garden in Woodland Hills, California--and support the flower stems with tomato cages. Once established, statice can tolerate heat and some drought.

If you start annual statice from seed this month, sow in place or indoors. Seeds are slow to germinate (they take two to three weeks), and if you start them in flats indoors, you can keep a careful eye on them to be sure the potting mix doesn't dry out. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.