Rough perennial to about 70 cm tall. Leaves rough, 5-10 cm long, 1-3 cm wide with mostly 5-8 lobes. Flowering stems 3-winged, each 1-3 mm wide. Flowers with blue to mauve sepals about 1.5 cm long, petals yellow or pink, drying mauve; spring and summer.
Europe, W Asia
Naturalised in New South Wales and Western Australia. Available as a range of colour cultivars.
Perennial with sinuate leaves.
L. lobatum (L.f.) Kuntze, Winged Sea Lavender of Asia and Africa, also has lobed leaves but flowering stem wings 3-8 mm wide and sepals about 1 cm long; it is naturalised Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia. [L. thouinii (Viv.) Kuntze]
Source: (1997). Plumbaginaceae. In: . 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.