Alternative common names:
Sea lavender, sea pink, notch leaf marsh rosemary
Statice is a perennial herb reaching 400mm high with densley hairly stems and leaves. The leaves are in a basal rosette up to 100mm long and 30mm wide. The flowers are pink or violet to purple, or even white or yellow.
Where does this species come from?Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and North America.
What is its invasive status in South Africa?NEMBA Category 1b in Northern Cape and Western Cape. Sterile cultivars or hybrids are not listed.
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape.
How does it spread?It is spread by seed.
Why is it a problem?
It invades roadsides, disturbed coastal sites, fynbos and vacant lots in the Karoo.
What does it look like?
Leaves: The leaves are simple, entire to lobed, 1-30cm long and 0.5-10cm broad. Most of the leaves are produced in a dense basal rosette, with the flowering stems bearing only small brown scale leaves (bracts).
Flowers: The flowers are produced on a branched panicle or corymb. The individual flowers are small (4-10mm long) and the flower colour is pink or violet to purple in most species, white or yellow in a few.
Fruit/seeds: The fruit is a small capsule containing a single seed, partly enclosed by the persistent calyx.
Does the plant have any uses?
Cultivated for ornamental use.