Caspia - Misty - Limonium

Common Names: Caspia, Misty, Limonium, Sea Lavender, Statice.

Botanical names: Limonium spp.

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 5 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Small, papery flowers densely packed into clusters on branched semi-woody stems, 24-36 inches long.

Color: Lavender, Pink, White

Botanical facts: Caspia is not considered fragrant yet some species have offensive odors. This odor reminds some of cat urine and be masked when sprayed with the commercial product Febreze.

Design notes: Limonium is an excellent filler flower. Floral designers need to be cautious of possible offensive odors.

Purchasing hints: Purchase bunches that are filled with open florets and closed buds. One half of the florets should be open. Avoid bunches with blossoms that are showing any signs of browning.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the waterline. Cut stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Caspia is easy to dry and is often used in dried flower arrangements due to their long-lasting blooms and papery texture.