Spectacular color from large clusters of bicolor blooms: intense purple outside with white interior. Beautiful perennial useful in massed beds. Good cut flowers, retaining color when dried.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Foliage to 18 in. tall, clumps 2 ft. wide, flower stalks to 2 to 3 ft.Key Feature:Summer FloweringBlooms:Blooms nearly year-round; heaviest in summer.Landscape Uses:
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lih-MOAN-ee-um per-EE-z-iPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:13, 15 - 17, 20 - 27Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Foliage to 18 in. tall, clumps 2 ft. wide, flower stalks to 2 to 3 ft.Special features:WaterwiseFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Blooms nearly year-round; heaviest in summer.Flower color:PurpleDesign IdeasA great accent plant among big-leaved tropicals. Conveniently small for beach cottages and bungalows, in courtyards and sheltered front-entry gardens. Plant it in dry streambeds or among landscape boulders in rocky outcroppings. Grows well in seaside conditions, along palisades, dunes and embankments. Also lovely in large pots with assorted annuals.Companion PlantsA delicious tropical perennial you can blend with other frost-tender plants such as Texas DawnTM Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea 'Monas'), Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria - Hybrids) and Miniature Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans'). Mass this perennial with Spreading Sunshine Lantana (Lantana x 'Monine') in beds or big ceramic pots.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This genus was classified as Status by Willdenow of Germany under the name derived from the Greek statikos, which roughly translates to "stand" due to its use as a wound coagulant, or perhaps because its everlasting flowers seem to stand indefinitely. Statice has been dropped altogether so that all species are now Limonium. This species is native to the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. The species was named for R. G.V. Perez of Orotavia.Lore:Limoniums are the most famous "everlastings" due to the dry, papery nature of their flowers valued by arrangers and crafters through history.