Limonium
Family: Plumbaginaceae
English: Sea Lavender

 

The inhabitants of the countryside in Crete call it the "groom of the sea" as this small, perennial plant loves salty environments and thrives in sandy or rocky soil. Its tender leaves, caked with salt, are picked in winter and consumed either raw or boiled in salads.

This plant is also known as "athanato / immortal" since its dense flowers, bright mauve or azure in colour - sometimes pink - maintain their colour and freshness for 3-4 months after they are cut. It blooms from March to September.

Thirteen species are encountered in Greece: L. virgatum, L. vulgare, L. sinuatum, L. frederici.

Popular Greek names:

"Provatsa", "Thalassogabros".