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Limonium platyphyllum

Family: Plumbaginaceae (plum-baj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Limonium (lim-OH-nee-um) (Info)
Species: platyphyllum (plat-TY-fil-lum) (Info)

Synonym:Limonium gerberi
Synonym:Statice latifolia
Synonym:Limonium latifolium

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15 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Aug 4, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Long blooming.

This species is exceptionally drought and salt tolerant. Great for seaside gardens.

Does not transplant well.

Positive kooger On Aug 15, 2006, kooger from Oostburg, WI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I like this plant, it does well here. I don't like the way the flowers all flop around it and it's a pest to mow around then. I either harvest the flowers for drying or stake them at that point. If you are wanting to dry the flowers, separate the individual stalks after cutting them. They will be extremely difficult to separate successfully when they are dry.
This plant is probably the most difficult to move of all that I have ever moved. I don't believe a single one has survived. A better idea is to take a ripe flower stalk, throw it down where you want one to grow and you will probably have success. I had to remove quite a few plants from under a hedge where the old flower stalks were thrown. If you get babies, move them when they are very small.
One of my neighbors grows this plant only for the leaves for her flower arrangements.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 27, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is mostly grown for dried flowers, crafts, etc. The sprays of flowers are nice, but the leaves look sort of weedy. It is hard to transplant. Darkness aids germination of seeds.

Positive lupinelover On Jan 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Adds clouds of light purple to the landscape or bouquets! Easy to grow in full sun.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Glen Avon, California
Sacramento, California
Kiowa, Colorado
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Inwood, Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hagerstown, Maryland
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Ely, Minnesota
Cut Bank, Montana
Manchester, New Hampshire
Roswell, New Mexico
Pickerington, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Tremonton, Utah
Kalama, Washington
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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