25 May

Delightful Flowering Shrub for Saline Soil: Limonium

Limonium is a genus of more than 120 annual and perennial shrubs that bear peppery flowers on strong, thin stems. Actual flowers of Limonium are usually minor and surrounded by colorful bracts of blue, pink, yellow and white. These attractive bracts and flowers can be used in dried flower arrangements. Most varieties of Limonium bear in coastal areas ranging from Canary Island through most parts of Mediterranean region towards central Asia.

Limoniums are also known as Statice.

Flowers of Limonium Sinuatum

Flowers of Limonium Sinuatum

How to Grow Limonium

Growing conditions vary within different varieties of Limonium. Some of these species grow natively in saline conditions whereas some grow in well-drained yet moist sandy soil. Most species can be propagated from seeds or divisions. Limonium grows under full or partial sun and makes excellent fillers in rock gardens and landscapes. Plants bloom is spring and summer.

Popular Varieties of Limonium

Limonium Latifolium: Commonly known as Sea Lavender, Limonium Latifolium is a summer flowering shrub and bears clusters of colorful blooms.

Limonium Perezii: This showy of variety Limonium bears large leaves and grows in to woody shrub of dense clumps. Flowers are white, purple and blue. The plant prefers partial sun, well-drained soil and ventilated position.

Limonium Peregrinum: An evergreen shrubby plant that bears rose pink flowers on woody stems. It prefers rich soil, good drainage, regular watering and humid climate.

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