How To Grow and Save Seed Of Statice
Latin name Limonium sinuatum is a short-lived perennial that is often grown as an annual. The papery foliage and flowers make this colorful plant a perfect everlasting for dried arrangements.
Native to the Mediterranean. An old-fashioned favorite, it is once again receiving the appreciation it deserves.
- Beds, borders, containers, cottage garden, cutting garden
- Everlasting cut flower
- Rock gardens, low-water gardens
- Visited by bees and butterflies
- Seeds germinate in 7-14 days.
- Sow seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost (preferred method) and transplant outdoors after last frost, or direct seed after last frost has passed.
- Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep.
- Ideal germination temperature 60-70 F.
- Prefers full sun.
- Plants are quite drought tolerant; do not over water.
- Provide well-drained, sandy soil.
- Space plants 12 inches apart.
- Pinch young plants at growing point to encourge branching.
- Keep deadheaded to encourage continued blooming.
- Various blights and rots can affect statice; this dry-loving plant cannot handle excessive moisture and should be planted in well-drained soil.
- Avoid overhead irrigation and keep leaves dry to prevent these issues.
- Allow the flowerhead containing the seeds to completely mature and dry on the plant.
- Clip off the flowerhead and place it in a container. Working over the top of another clean, opened container, rub the flowerheads to separate the seeds.
- Store over winter in a cool, dark, dry place.