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sea lavender

an Old World, maritime plant, Limonium vulgare, of the leadwort family, having one-sided spikes of small, lavender-colored flowers.
a similar plant, Limonium carolinianum, of the eastern coast of North America.
Origin of sea lavender
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sea lavender
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  • The pedicels of all the species of the sea lavender, particularly of Statice arborea, are often mistaken for the flowers.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • The last of the sea lavender was fading, but horned poppies and chicory were in bloom.

    The Fortunate Isles

    Mary Stuart Boyd
  • In the early summer the thrift colours them with pink and white, and later a purple carpet is spread by the sea lavender.

    A Floating Home Cyril Ionides
  • It rushed back upon him, that time of waiting, marked by the flowering and the fading of the sea lavender.

    Prisoners Mary Cholmondeley
  • Little patches of sea lavender gave purple colour to the marshland.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for sea lavender

sea lavender

any of numerous perennial plants of the plumbaginaceous genus Limonium, of temperate salt marshes, having spikes of white, pink, or mauve flowers, several species of which are grown as garden plants See also statice
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