Limonium (& Statice)
Limonium is a genus of the Plumbaginaceae family and is often found growing naturally near the coast, in salt marshes and in alkaline soil.
In the cut flower trade we recognise limonium as two different products.
1). Latifolium is commonly referred to as ‘Limonium’. It is a heavily branched flower, (similar to gypsophilia), with clusters of tiny flowers at the end of the bracts. Limonium Latifolium is a very delicate and pretty flower but has the unfortunate quality of smelling like cat’s urine! Because of this, limonium is not a hugely popular cut wedding flower.
2). Sinuatum is usually referred to as ‘Statice’ and is commonly known as Sea Lavender. Statice has a very similar structure to limonium but the stems are thicker and the flowers are bigger. Lucky for statice – it does not have an unpleasant smell and as a result is a very popular cut flower. Statice is often used for drying. (To dry statice, simply hang upside down in a warm, dry and dark place).
In the wholesale flower markets both Statice and Limonium are sold in wraps of 25 stems. Stem length can vary between 60cm – 90cm depending on the grade and variety required. The best quality statice we stock at Triangle Nursery is imported from Ecuador.
General Availability Chart
To get the best from your wholesale cut limonium please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the limonium in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the limonium in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.