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.
This Mediterranean native annual is widely grown for use as a fresh or dried cut flower. Grows to 1 1/2 ft. high and 1 ft. wide, with basal leaves lobed nearly to midrib and winged flower stems. The calyx is blue, lavender, or rose; the corolla is white. Improved garden strains come in yellow, apricot, orange, peach, rose, light blue, deep blue, purple, and white. For spring and summer bloom, sow indoors and move it to the garden when the weather warms up; or sow outdoors in early spring for later bloom.
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