COMMON SEA-LAVENDER

Limonium vulgare

Thrift Family [Plumbaginaceae]

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19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Growing in sand in the tidal part of the shore, tolerating inundation. Sea Plantain top left.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A shortish plant less than a foot tall. Sea Plantain left foreground, Sea Purslane in background.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Surrounded by Sea Purslane it grows in salt-marshes.


Lax-flowered Sea-lavender (left) + Common Sea-lavender (right) direct comparison.
19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The leaves of Lax-Flowered Sea-Lavender are narrower and perhaps a lighter shade of green, the flowers more separated and here opening after those of the Common Sea-lavender.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves elliptical to broad lanceolate and mid-green in colour. Leaves are deciduous, and not ever-green.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Despite growing amidst rocks this is not Rock Sea-Lavender


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves longish and slowly tapering onto the leaf stem. Sea Purslane at top of photo.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Flowers decidedly mauve to lilac in colour with five petals and surrounded by a whitish papery bract.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The white paperish bracts are all that can be seen of some as-yet un-opened flowers.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The paperish bracts have five browny-purple long tapering sepals.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The yet to un-fold petals of some flowers can be seen as deeper-blue 'gloves' within the papery bracts.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The boxing-glove petals about to burst out of their narrow papery enclosure.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Petals rounded at the ends, some with a slight nick.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
From the side the flowers are trumpet shaped with five long narrow tapering brown-purplish marks which is very reminiscent of those of Tansy-Leaved Phacelia.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Petals have a darker central 'vein' where the brownish-purple tapering marks are on the other side.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Five stamens bearing cream-coloured pollen. The anthers are cream coloured on Common sea-lavender, but purple on Lax-Flowered Sea-Lavender.


19th July 2007, the North shores of Walney Island, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves never seem to taper to a stem. Reverse of leaves has one longitudinal backbone where the slight fold occurs.


Easily mis-identified as : Lax-Flowered Sea-Lavender, Matted Sea-lavender and Rock Sea-Lavender [see the text of each for differentiation].

Hybridises with : Lax-Flowered Sea-Lavender (Limonium humile) to produce Limonium × neumanii, but that does not grow in the same area as these specimens, so there is little possibility that these are hybrids. Slight resemblance to : Thrift which belongs in the same family.

No relation to : Lavender nor to Lavender-cotton [plants with similar names belonging to differing Families].

The plant is completely hairless and has mid-green elliptical to broadly lanceolate deciduous leaves. It grows in the tidal fringe on salt-flats by the sea, tolerating inundation by the sea. The flowers are more clustered together than those of the similar Lax-Flowered Sea-Lavender which also has angular stems and narrower leaves than those of Common Sea-lavender. The anthers are cream coloured on Common Sea-lavender, but purple on Lax-Flowered Sea-Lavender.


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(Sea-lavenders)

COMMON SEA-LAVENDER

Limonium vulgare

Thrift Family [Plumbaginaceae]