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.
There are two main kinds of this annual plant: climbing types, which trail over the ground or climb to...
Many plants bear the hard-shelled fruits we call gourds. One of the most commonly planted is Cucur...
Compact, uniform plant grows to about 10 in. tall and 12 in. wide and is loaded with large flowers. Ea...