Plumbaginaceae2017-08-06T10:45:13+00:00

Plumbaginaceae: Plumbago Family

Sea Pink / California Thrift – Armeria maritima subsp. californica

Blooms:

Feb–Sept

Plant Height:

< 60 cm

Flower Size:

Medium cluster

Origin:

Native

Habitat:

Coastal bluffs and meadows and sandy places below 245 m

Notes:

A single bright pink inflorescence with many 5-petaled individual flowers is borne on a leafless peduncle. The inflorescence rests upon a double circle of brownish-transparent bracts and the involucre forms a sheath extending 2–3 cm down the peduncle. The leaves are narrow and flat and up to 12 cm long.

Statice – Limonium sinuatum

Blooms:

All year

Plant Height:

20–50 cm

Flower Size:

Large cluster

Origin:

Mediterranean

Habitat:

Disturbed coastal areas, roadsides

Notes:

An unmistakable genus with papery purple or sometimes pale lavender or white sepals and white-petaled flowers. The leaves are pinnately lobed which allows this species to be distinguished from the otherwise similar Canarian Sea Lavender  (Limonium perezii) which has entire, roundish basal leaves. Often cultivated, occasionally escaping or (as in Garland Ranch) introduced.