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Rock Sea-lavender

Limonium binervosum

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Plumbaginaceae (Thrift)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Gardens, roadsides, rocky places, saltmarshes, sea cliffs, seaside, walls.

Purple, 5 petals
Clusters of blue-violet flowers with conspicuous white bracts.
The fruit is a capsule.
An evergreen perennial flower which is very variable. The leaves are dark green and spoon-shaped, formed in a basal rosette. Similar in appearance to Common Sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare) but usually more slender.
Other Names:
Two-veined Sea Lavendar.
Frequency (UK):

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Limonium binervosum, also known as "two-veined sea lavender" is a species of flowering plant in the plumbaginaceae family. It is native to Mediterranean Europe and North Africa. It is a perennial plant that can grow up to 60 cm tall. The leaves are linear and the flowers are small, blue and they form spikes. It requires well-drained soils, and full sun exposure, it is drought and salt tolerant, it is often used as a ornamental plant in rock gardens, and coastal gardens.


Rock Sea-lavender, scientifically known as Limonium binervosum, is a beautiful flowering plant that belongs to the Plumbaginaceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region and is commonly found in coastal areas and rocky cliffs.

The plant typically grows up to 50 cm in height and has narrow, grayish-green leaves. The flowers are small and grow in clusters, forming a spike-like inflorescence that can be up to 30 cm long. The blooms range in color from white to pink, and they appear from June to September.

Rock Sea-lavender is a hardy plant that can tolerate poor soil conditions and salt spray, making it an ideal choice for coastal gardens. It is also a great choice for rock gardens, where it can be used to add a splash of color to rocky outcrops and walls.

One of the unique features of Rock Sea-lavender is its ability to attract a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. This makes it a valuable addition to any garden or natural area, as it helps to support local ecosystems.

In terms of care, Rock Sea-lavender is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil, and can be propagated by division or from seed. Once established, it requires minimal watering and pruning.

In addition to its ornamental value, Rock Sea-lavender has a number of medicinal uses. In traditional Mediterranean medicine, the plant has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including coughs, sore throats, and gastrointestinal issues.

Rock Sea-lavender is a beautiful and versatile plant that is well-suited to coastal and rocky environments. With its vibrant blooms and ability to attract pollinators, it is a valuable addition to any garden or natural area. And with its medicinal properties, it has been an important part of traditional Mediterranean medicine for centuries.

Rock Sea-lavender is also a popular plant for use in floral arrangements and can be used fresh or dried. Its long-lasting blooms make it an ideal choice for dried flower arrangements, where it can add texture and interest to bouquets and wreaths.

In addition to its ornamental and medicinal uses, Rock Sea-lavender has ecological importance as well. It is known to be a habitat and food source for a variety of insects and small animals, including moths and butterflies, bees, and small mammals. Its extensive root system also helps to stabilize soil and prevent erosion in coastal areas.

Unfortunately, like many native plant species, Rock Sea-lavender is threatened by habitat loss, pollution, and overharvesting. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and preserve this valuable species, and gardeners can do their part by growing Rock Sea-lavender in their own gardens and promoting its use in natural areas.

Rock Sea-lavender is a beautiful and versatile plant that has both ornamental and medicinal uses, as well as ecological importance. Its hardy nature and ability to attract pollinators make it an ideal choice for coastal and rock gardens, while its long-lasting blooms and value in traditional medicine make it a valuable addition to any home or natural area. By growing and promoting Rock Sea-lavender, we can help to protect and preserve this important species for future generations.

In some cultures, Rock Sea-lavender also has cultural significance. In ancient Greek mythology, the plant was believed to be a symbol of love and was associated with the goddess Aphrodite. The plant was often used in garlands and wreaths for weddings and other celebrations, and it was believed that wearing the garlands would bring good luck and happiness.

In addition to its cultural significance, Rock Sea-lavender has also been used in some traditional cuisines. In Mediterranean countries, the leaves of the plant are sometimes used as a flavoring in soups and stews. The roots of the plant have also been used in traditional medicine as a natural remedy for digestive issues.

Overall, Rock Sea-lavender is a fascinating and multi-purpose plant that has played an important role in human culture and ecology for centuries. As a gardener or nature enthusiast, incorporating Rock Sea-lavender into your garden or natural area can not only bring beauty and fragrance but also contribute to the conservation of a valuable species.

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