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Products > Limonium gmelinii Dazzle Rocks ['STE10'] PP33,240
Limonium gmelinii Dazzle Rocks ['STE10'] PP33,240 - Siberian Statice
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Origin: Eurasia
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Limonium gmelini]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Limonium gmelinii Dazzle Rocks ['STE10'] PP33,240 (Siberian Statice) - An attractive evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with a basal rosette of green leaves to about 5 inches tall by 16 inches wide with an upright wiry inflorescence rising 16 inches above the foliage holding a long-lasting spray of small lilac-purple flowers in summer. Plant in a well drained soil in full sun and irrigate only occasionally once established. A very hardy plant that supposedly can handle temperatures as low as to -22F but best grown outdoor in USDA Zones 5 to 9 - we are hoping it will be just as happy in our Zone 10. Cut back plants after flowering. This plant should prove to be a nice garden or container plant with flowers attracting bee and butterfly pollinators and great for the bouquet both fresh and dried - dried flowers hold their color for a long time. This plant was a chance seedling discovered by Peter van Steijn in a trial field in Voorhout, The Netherlands in July of 2012. Van Steijn had been seed growing Limonium gmelinii collected in from the wild in Hungary for many years and then made selective crosses to develop compacts plant with many more flower stems and this one was the result of such efforts. It was selected for its cold hardiness, compact plant size, flowers that are purple in color, floriferous blooming habit and drought resistance. It was released in 2020 in Europe and thought to be a definite contender for the Plant of the Year at that years Chelsea Flower Show before this show was canceled because of the COVID pandemic. It filed for Plant Breeders' Rights in Europe in April 2020 and received its U.S. plant patent PP33,240 in July 2021 and was released into the U.S. horticultural market the following year. Limonium gmelini is a species with an extremely wide Eurasian distribution from central, southeast Europe to Siberia and south into Iran. The name honors Johann Georg Gmelin, professor of chemistry and natural history at the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg and author of the Flora Sibirica in 1752. The species is most commonly listed not unsurprisingly but apparently incorrectly spelled "gmelinii" (ending with a double "i") as it should be spelled with only one "i" at the end, as this was how the epithet was spelled when originally described, as Statice gmelini, in 1798 by Carl Ludwig Willdenow. Willdenow, a German botanist, taxonomist and founder of Phytogeography (the study of plant geography), apparently based this spelling on Gremlin having previously Latinizing his name to Ioannes Georgius Gmelinus and there are many other plants named for Gmelin that similarly have the specific epithet spelled "gmelini". Many modern nomenclatural databases continue to use the "gmelinii" spelling and so not to cause confusion we list this plant this way, but note that the Kew database Plants of the World Online has it listed as Limonium gmelini. This naming issue is also explained in the 2017 article The discovery, naming and typification of Limonium gmelini (Plumbaginaceae) in Willdenowia (47(2):99-106), the journal of the Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum (Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin). The pictures on this page courtesy of Concept Plants, who markets this plant internationally. 

Information about Limonium gmelinii Dazzle Rocks ['STE10'] PP33,240 displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.