Growing & using American Beauty Rose Statice
American Beauty Rose Statice 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.
This is four three-inch pots of American Beauty Rose Statice (on the left) and one three-inch pot of Midnight Blue (on the right) that were planted in early summer. Their 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 Nutmeg Scented Geranium.
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.
Statice (the brightly colored flowers in the wreath) provides just the right punch to brighten up any wreath or floral arrangement.
The color of the dried bracts, kept out of direct sunlight, remains vibrant for a year or more. Only the eventual problem of dust makes the bouquet or wreath obsolete. For more information on how to use fresh flowers from your garden to create dried arrangements, visit our Wreath Making Workshop online.
Statice is one of six plants chosen for our Crafter’s Herb Garden Six Pack.
It would also make a great addition (for Zones 8 and up) to our English Cottage Herb Garden Six Pack.
These plants are sometimes available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if American Beauty Statice Plug Trays are available.