The latin name is Limonium, but to the gardener it is Statice or Sea. 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 are fully open and tie the 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-petalledin many colours – white, pink, blue, yellow, orange, etc. There are several single-colour varieties available – ‘Gold Coast’ (yellow), ‘ Light’ (pink) and ‘Midnight Blue’ (dark blue). An excellent choice for 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 ‘Light’
Linaria reticulata ‘Crimson and Gold’ ‘