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Susan
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Friday, August 02, 2002
07:40:45
Subject: Statice
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What is the difference between English Statice and German Statice? I usually
purchase German Statice for my wreaths and was wondering if there is any
difference. Thank you!

Susan



dscott
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Friday, August 02, 2002
09:52:28
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Statice is a common name that may refer to many different, unrelated flowers.

German Statice, Goniolimom tataricum (also listed as Limonium tataricum) is the white star shaped flower that you know. English Statice (sometimes referred to as American statice), Limonium sinuatum, is clusters of little straw-textured flowers. You often see these in the fresh industry.

There a number of other flowers, which are also, considered 'statice'; these include Caspia, Limonium bellidfolium; Gmelinii, Limonium gmelinii; Sea Lavender, Limonium latifolium; and Russian Statice, Psylliostachys suworowii.

As you can see it can be a bit confusing when someone orders a case of statice.

D. Scott


twh
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Monday, December 09, 2002
19:35:14
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How difficult is it to collect statice seed? And at what stage/time of the year. Zone 7


FlowerMan
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Monday, December 09, 2002
20:44:48
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The answer will be different depending on which 'statice' you are asking about.

For English Statice (sinuatua), it is very easy. What most people refer to as the flower on this plant is actually the calyx, which is a collective term for all the sepals of the flower. When these mature they get a little brittle and actually fall off the plant. At the base of each sepal is a seed imbedded in a membrane. You can simply remove the flowers (i.e. calyx) by brushing them with your hand on mature flower stock and they will fall into your hand. One does not need to clean this seed and to be honest, you do not even need to separate the individual sepals/seed from the calyx just plant the whole thing (the cluster of flowers [actually sepals]; calyx).

As far as German Stitice goes, I would recommend buying the seed. It has a very small seed, which needs to be clean for germination, quite a bit more work.

Good Luck.



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