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Limonium carolinianum (Carolina sealavender)
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Limonium carolinianum

Limonium carolinianum (Walter) Britton

Carolina Sealavender, Sea Lavender

Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family)

Synonym(s): Limonium angustatum, Limonium carolinianum var. angustatum, Limonium carolinianum var. angustifolium, Limonium carolinianum var. compactum, Limonium carolinianum var. nashii, Limonium carolinianum var. obtusilobum, Limonium carolinianum var. trichogonum, Limonium nashii, Limonium nashii var. albiflorum, Limonium nashii var. angustatum, Limonium nashii var. trichogonum, Limonium obtusilobum, Limonium trichogonum

USDA Symbol: lica17

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A smooth, saltmarsh plant with small pale purple flowers along 1 side of the stems, forming a diffuse branching cluster.

A strikingly showy perennial in late summer on the tidal marshes, it is often associated with other broad-leaved marsh plants that occur in masses or scattered among the marsh grasses. Specimens may vary greatly in size and vigor depending upon growing conditions.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall when flowering.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Utricle.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Petals lavender, rarely white.


USA: AL , CT , DE , FL , GA , LA , MA , MD , ME , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , RI , SC , TX , VA
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Newfoundland and Quebec south to Florida; west to Mississippi and Texas.
Native Habitat: Salt marshes.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1320 Collected 2009-11-17 in Brazoria County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

From the Archive

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Limonium carolinianum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Limonium carolinianum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Limonium carolinianum


Record Modified: 2023-02-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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