Limonium vulgare

  1. Wildlife
  2. Wildflowers
  3. Sea-lavender


Common Sea-lavender grows in muddy, salty pools or saltmarshes along the coast. Its flowers range in colour from blue through to lilac and pink, and can often be seen densely carpeting the ground from July to October. Garden varieties of this plant are popular with flower arrangers as the flowers can be dried and keep their shape and colour.

How to identify

Clusters of pretty mauve flowers appear at the top of stiff, long stems, giving Common Sea-lavender a distinctive look. The small, oval leaves are found at the base of the plant.

Where to find it

Found only in coastal areas and mostly in England and Wales.


When to find it

  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts look after many coastal habitats for the benefit of plants like Common Sea-lavender, and are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Limonium vulgare
Height: up to 30cm
Conservation status