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Carolina Sea Lavender Limonium carolinianum

Description

Carolina Sea Lavender is a native showy perennial in late summer of brackish or salt marshes and flats, coastal beaches, marshes, intertidal, subtidal or the open ocean of easter North America. It has been used for making wreaths but this practice can deplete populations of this slow-growing plant. The showy flowers are blue to purple with white bracts that often last longer than the flower. It is very wet soil and salt tolerant.

This plant grows in clay, loam or sandy tidal marshes in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soils.

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#sun#partial shade#native perennial#salt tolerant#salt spray tolerant#NC native#lavender flowers#coastal plant#pollinator plant#marshes#butterfly friendly#nectar plant mid-summer#Coastal FACU#bog gardens#weathes#brackish water
 
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#sun#partial shade#native perennial#salt tolerant#salt spray tolerant#NC native#lavender flowers#coastal plant#pollinator plant#marshes#butterfly friendly#nectar plant mid-summer#Coastal FACU#bog gardens#weathes#brackish water
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Limonium
    Species:
    carolinianum
    Family:
    Plumbaginaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Used in making wreaths. The roots contain tannin and are powerfully astringent. A decoction of the root has long been used as a popular domestic remedy for diarrhea, dysentery, etc and is also used to treat sore mouths, cankers, etc. The dried and powdered root is applied to old ulcers or piles.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eastern Canada, east coast of U.S.A., Mexico
    Distribution:
    AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , RI , SC , TX , VA Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE , QC
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    The flowers are very small, purple with white sepals, sepals may remain after the flower is gone. Blooms in clusters July to Aug.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are simple, basal with entire margins. Leaves ovate, 7-8 inches long, green, leathery, hairy, forming a rosette at the bottom of the main stem.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    The stem is erect, green to redish, stiff, highly branched with alternating secondary stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt
    Wet Soil