How to Protect Statice


Statice, also known as sea lavender or limonium, is prized in floral arrangements, either fresh or dried. Dried statice will last for years. Growing in clumps up to 3 feet tall, these half hardy annuals and perennials produces papery bracts in shades of purple, white, pink, apricot, blue or rose. Because statice thrives in drier seaside gardens, it needs proper soil preparation before planting and protection from rot and powdery mildew.

Step 1

Prepare the soil for planting statice. The plants need light, well-draining soils that are slightly poor. In heavy soils, add generous amounts of sand.

Step 2

Water the statice carefully. According to, "These plants are prone to decay at soil level." Allow the soil to almost dry out before watering thoroughly.

Step 3

Watch for powdery mildew, which prevents photosynthesis in plants. Remove diseased plants and plant parts and destroy. Do not add to compost. Treat remaining plants with a fungicide.

Tips and Warnings

  • The papery bracts of statice can be sharp when dried, so protect your hands with gardening gloves.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Sand
  • Compost or well-rotted manure
  • Fungicide
  • Gardening gloves


  • The Complete Garden Flower Book: Catie Ziller, Publisher; 2001
  • Burpee Complete Gardener; Barbara W. Ellis, Editor; 1995

Who Can Help

  • Limonium
Keywords: annuals, statice, protecting flowers

About this Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.