The statice is a plant generally cultivated to obtain flowers to be cut and dried, as the statice inflorescences remain perfect even if dry, maintaining also bright colors; it is a plant of Mediterranean origin, whose Latin name is Limonium sinuatum. Dozens of other species belong to the genus Limonium, but they are unlikely to be cultivated in Italy as ornamental plants. The sea pink produces small tufts of leaves, and long rigid stems, papyrus to the touch, which carry flattened inflorescences, made up of colored bracts, arranged to form small tubes, inside which small white flowers bloom. Even the bracts have papyrus consistency, and often the freshly cut flowers seem already dry to the touch. The sea pink it spreads easily from seed, and within a few weeks it begins to bloom, in spring, continuing until the cold. It is a rhizomatous root plant, so after the winter new stems and leaves sprout from year to year.
Cultivate the statice
Although this plant is often cultivated mainly for cut flowers, it is not an unpleasant plant, and if planted in spots it can give life to a beautiful effect in the garden.
They settle down in a sunny place, planting small plants already, and sowing them directly in their homes; it is a plant that loves the sun, and tolerates drought without problems; we therefore look for a very sunny place, with at least a few hours of direct sunlight every day. The soil must be well worked before planting the statice, adding sand or pumice stone to improve drainage. These plants tolerate drought without any problems, while they fear the shade and the humid climate; therefore let's avoid watering the now well developed plants, if not in the case of very dry soil for a few days. They do not need fertilizing, and in autumn the aerial part of the plant dries completely. The rhizomes generally tolerate winter frost well; if we fear to live in a place with a very cold winter climate, we can mulch the soil above the rhizomes, to be sure that they are not exposed to the winter cold.
Diseases and pests
The limoniul sinuatum is not particularly subject to attack by parasites and the development of diseases. In any case, one of the greatest dangers is represented by humidity. In fact, fungi can form in the presence of excessive water. Attention also to water stagnation. When the plant is hit by gray mold, a possible remedy to eradicate the problem is to treat our limoniul sinuatum with appropriate antibotritics.
Statice - Limoniul sinuatum: Curiosity
As we all know, each flower has an intrinsic meaning according to the language of flowers. Referring to this curious "matter", the limoniul sinuatum would take on the meaning of love that lasts over time. For this reason, the limoniul situatum is often used in the making of bouquets for weddings and ceremonies. Besides the love that lasts over time, the flower also represents eternal beauty.