Limonium tartaricum – (Limonium Dumosum ,German Statice)
Limonium tartaricum, or Statice is among the prettiest of plants, and is a wonderful spectacle when in full bloom. It produces panicles of white frilly flowers that last for the whole of summer. Delicate and fine , they appear to be made from tissue paper.
This plant produces an eye-catching display when in full flower. It produces masses of white frilly flowers all summer long, which appear to be made of paper, they are so delicate.
Limonium Tartaricum blooms are extremely good as cut flowers , lasting for over 2 weeks as fresh cut flowers, and they are also used as dried flowers because they hold their colour well especially in winter flower arrangements.
The plant forms a low mound with broad green leaves which are a good textural ground cover. The flower stalks appear from the foliage in summer, carrying light gossamer, branched panicles that grow 45cm tall. The panicles produce delicate, miniature tubular silvery-white sprays of flowers with little rose-pink inner petals in mid summer.
This plant is easy to grow from seed, is long lived and is very productive each year. It grows best in a well-drained site in full sun.
Sow in Spring, or in Autumn.
Sow the seeds onto the surface of moist well drained seed raising mix and just cover with a sprinkling of soil.
Place the pots in a darkened area or cover the pots with paper as the seeds prefer the dark to germinate. Seeds will germinate in 14 to 21 days at 18 to 21°C . Once germinated, bring them into an area with diffused light.
Seedlings can be transplanted to individual 7cm pots after 4 to 5 weeks to grow on, at 15°C or can be transplant directly into their final growing position when they are 6 to 8cm high.
Plant outdoors only after all danger of frost has gone. Plant 30 to 40cm apart. Provide full sun and well-drained soil of moderate fertility.
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