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