Common Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare Family: Plumbaginaceae
Limonium vulgare     *     Common Sea-lavender

Flowering time: July - August. Perennial

Habitat: Muddy salt-marshes on English and Welsh coasts, rare in Scotland, absent from Ireland.

Arching spikes of lavender-blue flowers, denser than those of the very similar Lax-flowered Sea-lavender, L. humile. Basal rosettes of pinnately-veined leaves with a tiny spine at the tip. Flowering stalks 10-40cm tall.

Foodplant for larvae of the micro moths Goniodoma limoniella and Agdistis bennetii and sometimes host to the fungal rust Uromyces limonii

Common Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare

Common Sea-lavender, Limonium vulgare
Studland, Dorset. September 2007

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