The latin name is Limonium, but to the gardener it is Statice or Sea Lavender. The popular species (L. sinuatum or Statice sinuata) belongs to the ‘everlasting’ group and is widely grown for indoor decoration. To dry Statice, cut just before the flowers are fully open and tie the stems in bunches. Hang upside down in a cool place away from sunlight.

VARIETIES: The usual practice is to buy a L. sinuatum Mixture – the winged stems bear clustersof tiny, papery-petalled flowers in many colours – white, pink, blue, yellow, orange, etc. There are several single-colour varieties available – ‘Gold Coast’ (yellow), ‘Rose Light’ (pink) and ‘Midnight Blue’ (dark blue). An excellent choice for cutting but not for drying is L. suworowii – tall, thin spikes clothed in tiny, pink flowers.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil, but light or medium land is preferred. Choose a sunny spot.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 1-2 ft.

Spacing: 1 ft.

Flowering period: July-September.

PROPAGATION: Follow the Half Hardy Annual technique. Plant out when the danger of frost is past.

L. sinuatum ‘Rose Light’

Linaria reticulata ‘Crimson and Gold’ ‘

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