This papery yet, pretty flower was first documented in 1725-1735. The name derived from the Greek word, “Statike or Statikos” meaning static or to stand still. Its botanical name also derived from the Greek word, “Limonium” meaning meadow, namely due to where it was found in it’s original habitat, the Mediterranean. It is a drought tolerant plant and is found throughout New Zealand in paddocks (meadows), sand dunes and anywhere land has been left dormant or soil is poor.
Grown for it’s vibrant colours and everlasting tiny or minuscule flowers that feel and look as though they have been dried and have a dry paper feel to them. They come in many different colours: pinks, whites, yellows, oranges, blues, the most common colour is purple which is available all year round and considered an everlasting flower.
Statice has dual symbols, the first is the statement “I miss you” with echoes of fond memories or sympathy and “Success” giving this flower a wide variety of occasions to celebrate it’s beauty. They can be added to a memorial wreath or casket spray to celebrate the passing or life success of a loved one. Or to someone who has just received a promotion, got a new job, as a graduation bouquet or a meeting of old friends. Statice is one of my favourite flowers due to its tactile difference. I used it in dried flower arrangements as well as fresh bouquets. Pretty with flowers girls, opera encores and school teachers.
It is considered a herb and remedies made from it are many, however, it has a very bitter taste, hence, a glass of wine after taking this is helpful. De-concoctions can be made to assist and treat domestic ailments such as toothache, piles and ulcers and for the more serious conditions of gonorrhoea, prolapse and similar diseases. An astringent lotion can be made where the polyphenolic biomolecule binds to proteins, amino acids and alkaloids. Statice flowers are thought to assist with the promotion of ones sense of wellbeing, in aromatherapy terms and is a favourite to grow around decks and patios to repel moths.
Disclaimer: This article is written from my view as a keen gardener and florist for many years. Plant origin and medicinal values are a compact compilation of my research and personal use. Gift presentations and ideas eventuated and are related to NZ lifestyle and celebrations. Please seek professional advice prior to use.