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Herbaceous Perennial

Limonium gmelinii

Clump-forming perennial about 45cm tall, forming a basal rosette of broad, flat, grey-green leaves and bearing upright, wiry stems about 60cm tall carrying sprays of small papery, smoky-blue, long-lasting flowers in summer, which are very attractive to pollinators

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver Green
Summer Blue Purple Grey Silver Green
Autumn Grey Silver Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Plumbaginaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous or Semi evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Limonium can be annuals, deciduous or evergreen perennials with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and showy panicles of small flowers with long-lasting coloured tubular calyces and insignificant, ephemeral petals

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in preferably sandy, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerant of dry, stony soil and maritime locations. Protect from winter wet. Good for cut flowers, fresh and dried

Propagation

Propagate by seed in early spring or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Rock garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut down spent flower stems after flowering is finished

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to Powdery mildews

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