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Common Sea-lavender

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A common flower in July and August, especially along the south and east coast where mudflats abound.


Common Sea-lavender: lavender blue dilly-dilly

Post date: Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 21:26

In summer the salt marshes of Poole Harbour begin to show some colour other than the dark green that usually abounds. The lovely lavender blue of the common sea-lavender (Limonium vulgare) comes out and forms large tracts of blue on the marshes. This becomes especially evident from the double-decker hide at Arne.

Not a lavender at all, the sea-lavender is related to the pink thrift we see on the cliffs in early summer. The sea-lavender flowers in July and August, especially along the south and east coast where mudflats abound.


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Common Name Common Sea-lavender
Scientific Name Limonium vulgare
Family Sea-lavender family - Plumbaginaceae
Status Locally common
Interest Level
Species Family Complex Flowers
Flower Colour Group Purple
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for A purple haze above saltmarsh grasses
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
CS: Saltmarsh Associated