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Hi, sorry I am new to this forum and as such am very unfamiliar with it but I am trying to identify a plant from our garden for my Mum. The plant in question has been in our family for a long time in various incarnations, the photos are of the one in our garden that is around 12-13 years old, it is a 'cutting of a cutting' from the original plant that would have been taken over 39 years ago so it may be a fairly 'old fashioned' type of plant.

Its characteristics are that it flowers once a year in the summer months usually for two to three months, beginning with a tight white flower that opens to the purple ones shown, we think the flowers are also fairly good ones to dry but have not tried. During the winter months it is just a few leaves above the surface until it comes back the next year. I'm sorry that may not be much to go on but if I can be of any more help I will try to be more specific, any help you can give us in identifying it would be very much appreciated. 

Many thanks


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,709

    Limonium latifolium

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    i think that's a Limonium, probably Limonium latifolium.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Wow, that was quick!! thank you very, very much it will be nice to put a name to the plant for her as she has always wondered.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,166

    snap fidget

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,709


    There was a nice big patch of it at Bressingham. I thought it would make a good filler for arrangements. Like gypsophila , only blueish.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,979

    Yes, Limonium latifolium - I grew up calling it Sea Lavender - it does dry beautifully image

    Cut it and hang it upside down when the flowers are newly opened.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Wow, thank you all very much, (good advice too on drying) and she was really pleased. :)

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