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Limonium platyphyllum

28 Aug

Limonium platyphyllum (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Limonium platyphyllum (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Soil: Moist, well drained

Flowering period: Summer

Eventual Height: 1m

Eventual Spread: 50cm

Hardiness: 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Plumbaginaceae

Limonium platyphyllum is a herbaceous perennial with a clump forming habit.  Its dark green leaves are ovate and leathery with entire/ sinuate margins, emerging in a neat rosette.  Its blue/ pink hermaphrodite flowers are tubular and borne in loose panicles. Its fruit is a small bristly capsule containing a single seed.

Limonium platyphyllum Flower (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Limonium platyphyllum Flower (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Limonium platyphyllum  commonly known as Sea Lavender, German Statice or Broad Leaved Statice is native to southeastern and central Europe. In its native habitat it grows in exposed coastal locations. Limonium platyphyllum is synonymous with Limonium latifolium.

The etymological root of the binomial name Limonium is from the Greek limne meaning ‘a marsh’ or ‘plants growing in a salt marsh’. Platyphyllum is from the Greek meaning ‘wide’ or ‘broad leaved’ .

The landscape architect may find Limonium platyphyllum useful as a late flowering ground cover plant. This plant is drought tolerant once established.

Limonium platyphyllum Leaf (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Limonium platyphyllum Leaf (15/08/15, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically  Limonium platyphyllum flowers are attractive to pollinating insects, including butterflies.

Limonium platyphyllum prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil. It tolerates most pH of soil. It tolerates maritime conditions

Limonium platyphyllum requires little maintenance.

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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

20 Aug

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Late summer to early august

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 30cm

Eventual Spread: 60cm

Hardiness: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Plumbaginaceae

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is a deciduous herbaceous perennial with a spreading habit.  Its mid green leaves are ovate with entire / hairy margins, up to 6cm long and 3cm across. Its leaves turn red/ purple in autumn before they fall. Its blue hermaphrodite flowers are tubular and borne terminally in dense clusters. Its fruit is a small bristly capsule containing a single seed.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Flower (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Flower (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, commonly known as Hardy Blue Flowered Leadwort or Blue Ceratostigma, is native to west China. In its native habitat it grows in rocky places.

The etymological root of the binomial name of Ceratostigma is derived from the Greek keras ‘horn-shaped’ and stigma ‘stigma’, referring to the horn shaped stigma. Plumbaginoides is derived from the Latin plumbus meaning ‘leaden’, in reference to the flower colour.

The landscape architect find Ceratostigma plumbaginoides useful as a late flowering ground cover plant. This plant is drought tolerant once established.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Leaf (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Leaf (15/08/2015, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides flowers are attractive to pollinating insects, including butterflies.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides was awarded the prestigious Royal Horticultural Societies annual Award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides requires little maintenance. This plant may be cut back hard in the spring to keep a tidy appearance.

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Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’

29 Jun

Armeria maritima 'Splendens' Flower (05/05/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’ Flower (05/05/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun

Flowering period: Late spring to summer

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 30cm

Eventual Spread: 30cm

Hardiness: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Plumbaginaceae

Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’ is a robust, evergreen, clump forming herbaceous, perennial. Its dark green leaves are narrow, numerous, grass like and up to 20cm long. Its individual dark pink flower heads contain numerous corolla, each consisting of five petals, there are arranged as a sphere and are produced on erect stems. Each fruit capsule contains a single seed.

The species Armeria maritima, commonly known as Sea Pink, Sea Thrift or Thrift, is native to coastal areas of Europe (including the UK) and other parts of the Northern hemisphere.

The etymological root of the binomial name Armeria is from the ancient Latin name for Dianthus, which this plant resembles. Maritima is from the Latin meaning ‘near by the sea’, referring to this plants preferred growing location. Splendens is from the Latin meaning ‘brilliant’.

Armeria maritima 'Splendens' (05/05/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’ (05/05/2012, Kew Gardens, London)

The landscape architect may find  Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’ useful in exposed coastal locations and other locations where salt levels are elevated, including road and path edges. It is tolerant of salt laden winds. Once established this plant is drought tolerant.

Ecologically, Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’ is attractive to a variety of pollinating insects, including bees, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies.

Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’ prefers moist, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It will tolerate poor soils, it will not tolerate water logging.

Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’ requires little maintenance. Large clumps may be divided in late autumn or early spring.

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