Limonium perezii
Photo by josh s jackson

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  • This plant has a Plant Risk Evaluator rating of Low Potential Risk


Like two other Plants of Concern -- Canary Island date palm (Phoenix canariensis) and Pride-of-Madeira (Echium candicans), Limonium perezii is native to the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa.

Limonium perezii is a 3 ft. tall perennial with a woody rhizome that holds a basal rosette of long triangle shaped leaves. The purple flowers are often used in floral arrangements, both fresh and dry.

It becomes weedy when it hybridizes with another Limonium in the wild, and is primarily an issue along the coast from Ventura to San Diego counties, with a few sightings outside of cultivation in the San Francisco Bay area. See the Calflora map for its current distribution in California outside of cultivation. Do not plant in areas adjacent to coastal riparian habitat where it has been known to naturalize.

Why is this plant not included on the invasive plant list?

Limonium perezii was considered for addition to the plant list in 2015. It was not included in the nursery survey because more research needs to be done about this plant, and because it is a popular ornamental plant with a long history in California horticulture.

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