Limonium australe (R.Br.) Kuntze

Native Sea Lavender

Perennial herb to about 50 cm tall. Basal leaves 4-8 cm long, more or less oblanceolate, 1-3 cm wide, entire, hairless. Flowering stems angled or ribbed but not winged, stem leaves scaly or absent. Flowers with sepals white to pink about 6-8 mm long, petals yellow; spring.

Vic, Tas, NSW, Qld

Grows naturally in coastal salt marshes.

Flowering stems angled but not ribbed; flowers with yellow petals (cf. L. otolepis and L. sinense below).


L. otolepis (Schrank) Kuntze, Lacy Sea Lavender, is a naturalised Asian plant that is occasionally grown in gardens and differs in having almost round stem leaves that are more than 1 cm wide and sepals about 2 mm long.

L. sinense (Girard) Kuntze from China is sometimes offered; it has obo­vate leaves to 5 cm long, pinkish white sepals and yellow petals.

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.

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