Russian statice is closely related to the more common blue/pink statice, but has a finer form. Long thin green stems are topped with several branches covered in small pink flowers. When in bloom, the flowers completely cover the stems giving a fluffy pink appearance. Leaves are borne below the flowering branches and are typically statice-like: lance shaped, olive green and prone to rotting if underwater.
Russian Statice is mostly grown under cover in the cooler areas near Melbourne, Sydney, in Tasmania and in SA and WA.
Available: All Year, particularly Spring – Summer
What to look for
- Most of the flowers are open;
- Avoid bunches with slimy stems and a strong sulphur smell.
- Keep cool whenever possible.
- Split bunches and strip leaves (if any) from the lower half of each stem.
- Wash each stem thoroughly.
- Recut at least 2 cm off each stem with sharp secateurs and place in water immediately.
- Preservative is essential – this will help prevent growth of bacteria and slime.
- Replace water every day.
Interesting Facts about this Flower
Russian statice can be dried: hang stems upside down in a cool, dry area. Must be done early in the season, or flowers will drop off.
Botanical Name: Limonium suworowii
Common Names: rat
Stem Length: 30 – 70 cm
Country of Origin: Europe
Available Colours: Green, Pink