Limonium arborescens (Brouss.) Kuntze

Shrub to about 1.5 m tall but generally much smaller although with a distinct smooth, woody stem. Leaves waxy blue, ovate, hairless, blunt but with a tiny point at the tip, tapering at the base to a long stalk that is widened at the point of attachment to the stem. Flowering stems narrowly winged. Flowers in paired spikelets with purplish persistent sepals, petals white; spring to early summer.

Canary Islands

Woody stem; long leaf stalk; sepals purplish, petals white.


L. perezii (Stapf) F.T. Hubb., Blue Statice, is an occasionally grown and poorly known species from the western end of Tenerife on the Canary Islands is similar but does not have the long woody stem. The leaf stalk is about as long as the blade, the flowers are in pairs in the spikelets, the sepal tube is hairy and blue, petals white.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Plumbaginaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Plumbaginaceae
genus        Limonium Mill.