Statice, Sea Lavender
Large, leathery, green basal leaves contrast with airy clusters of tiny, delicate flowers on nearly leafless, many-branched stems. The flowers consist of two parts: an outer, papery envelope (the calyx) and an inner part (the corolla). Calyx and corolla are often of different colors. Flowers are good for cutting and keep their color when dried. Plants tolerate heat and many kinds of soil but need good drainage.
Canary Islands. To 3 ft. tall, with flower clusters spreading nearly as wide. Calyx is rich purple, corolla white. Long spring and summer bloom. Leaves up to 1 ft. long, including stalks. First-rate beach plant. Often naturalizes in coastal Southern California. Damaged at 25°F/–4°C, but useful even where it freezes out occasionally; nursery-grown seedlings develop quickly.
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