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Saltmarsh-rosemary, Carolina sealavender
Limonium carolinianum

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small to medium herb.

Dimensions: 2-4 inches; to 2 feet when in flower. Taller than broad when in flower.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Eastern and southern North America west along the coasts to Texas and south along the coasts to the Monroe County Keys; northeastern Mexico.

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 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Tidal marshes and tidal swamps.

Soils: Wet to moist, poorly-drained to occasionally inundated brackish soils.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun to light shade.

Flower Color: Lavender with a white throat.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy small flowers in tall, open panicles.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous capsule.

References: Hammer 2004

Comments: The flowering panicles are dried for ornament and in the belief they repel moths.

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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