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Statice

Statice Flower is a perennial Exotic Flower, which belongs to the family Plumbaginaceae. Statice flowers are popularly used in dried flower arrangements, indeed Statice are one of the most widely used dried flowers. Statice is also commonly known by various different names viz., Limonium, English Statice, German Statice, Seafoam Statice, Latifolia, Sea Lavender.

i. Characteristic

  • The name of the genus, Limonium is an ancient Greek name, derived from the word meadow, referring to the plant’s original habitat. Other names used for various Statice species include Misty, Latifolia, Sea Foam and Caspia.
  • Statice flowers are used extensively for border, bed, cut flowers and dried arrangements.
  • Hybrids between Limonium latifolium (Sea Lavender) and Limonium bellidifolium (Caspia Statice) include Saint Pierre, Beltlaard and the Misty series. They retain much of the airy nature of Caspia Statice, and also Fantasia.
  • In some varieties of Statice, the flowers are initially just violet when they are first formed, but later on as the flowers mature some of them, in the middle of the bunch, change color and become pure white.

ii. Growing of Statice

Statice is easy to grow and salt tolerant. Statice Seeds can be initiated indoors 6-8 weeks before planting or sown directly outdoors. Division may be done in early to late spring or root cuttings can be taken in mid-winter and grown indoors or in a cold frame until spring.

Plant in full sun in well drained soil.

  • Statice prefers sandy soil types.
  • Staice is fairly drought tolerant.
  • Statice Seed can be planted directly in the ground after frost has passed.
  • Once established, plants can be divided in spring.

iii. Varieties

Some species of Statice have an offensive odor. English Statice comes in 1- to 2-inch clusters of Calyxes, each about 1 inch across. Stems are 1 to 1 feet long. The German Statices’ small gray bracts arch backward, while the English Statice feature calyxes that are yellow, white, purple, lavender or pink with tiny white or yellow flowers inside. Latifolia Calyxes are white with blueviolet flowers. Statice Flowers can be spray dried with a fixative.

iv. Plant Care

  • Statice is easily grown in full sun and in well drained average to sandy soil.
  • Statice is a low maintenance plant.
  • The plant benefits from a light fertilizer in early spring.
  • Potential pests or diseases are rare.

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