Sunday, May 01, 2011
California Sea Lavender
California Sea Lavender ( Limonium Californicum) Lining the Trail fromTorrey Pines to Del MarCalifornia Sea lavender is a species of sea lavender that is native to western North America from Oregon to Baja California. This plant thrives on coastal habitat such as beaches, salt marshes, coastal prairie and other sandy and alkaline habitats.
Limonium Californicum or California Sea Lavender, Mission Bay, San Diego
Sea lavender blooms are usually seen with other coastal wildflowers such as coreopsis or sunny flowers.
Tidy Tips and Sea Lavender
Sea lavender and varieties of Coreopsis growing on coastal bluffs
Sea lavender usually display a color of blue-lavender shade, the early bloom is usually more of bluish shade and the color becomes more purple as the blooms mature.
Blue or Purple? Different Shades of Sea Lavender
Sea lavender blooms last a lot longer than most varieties of other wildflowers seen in the coast. Some bloom as early as late fall, and some others bloom as late as late summer, making it appear like sea lavender blooms all year long. However, the peak bloom of this plant is at spring, it is at this time of the year where about 90% of the sea lavender blooms at the same time making the trail looks like a field of purple dreams, breathing lavender scented air.
Whenever I walk through the midst of these lavender fields, how I wish I can share my piece of simple joy to some of my friends who loves nature, wildflowers, lavender, and purple. Whenever I think of purple, I think of Icy of Dances and Dreams, and whenever I think of lavender, I think of my The Salitype Society sisters, Tes of The Craftista and Maricar of Flip-flops and Backpack. Lately, I've learned Cher of Sweet Memoirs loves lavender too. Well, who doesn't? I love lavender too, though not as much when these sea lavender turns to pink because it means they are nearing towards the end of their bloom :(
Hmmmm, did some of these lavender turned pink? :)
These are the older blooms of sea lavender, the bluish shade gives way to purple