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.



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Origin of sea lavender

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sea lavender

  • So thinking to start with a known specimen, she picked a sprig of sea-lavender, and stepped into a remarkably deep bog-hole.

    Dodo Wonders|E. F. Benson
  • And the mud-flats I loved well also, where the sea-lavender spread its purple on sound land above the network of mud.

  • The burial-ground349 was small and crowded, covered with rank grass, and here and there sea-lavender was growing.

  • Remembering Ophelia, marsh-rosemary seems its best name, though you have a right to sea-lavender if you wish.

    Old Plymouth Trails|Winthrop Packard

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 plantsSee also statice
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