Here the colorful bracts of
this Midnight Blue Satice (top left) still hold their fresh delicate white
flowers. These flowers drop out as their papery holders dry leaving behind a
vividly colored everlasting. American Beauty Rose Statice
(top right) has more pink and less blue in the bracts and looks better used
with other pinks and blues. If left on the plant too long the flower
bracts start to turn purple, so harvest when rosy pink for best color when
dried. Yellow Statice is a clear yellow produced on long stems.
Looks great with Midnight Blue.
In the planter on the right you can see how
big the plants get in one season. This is four three-inch pots planted in
early summer. This rapid growth allows Statice to be grown as an
annual in Zones 2 through 7. In case you are wondering the green mound on
the ground is a
It is drought resistant, heat tolerant
and, maybe best of all, unattractive to gophers!
Once Statice starts blooming
(usually mid to late Spring) it continues to bloom until frost. It can be
harvested from many times during the season. Each time cut the flower stalks
back to the ground or to the leaves at the base of the plant.