Lavender Thrift Limonium carolinianum (Walter) BrittonCoastal Plain only    Synonyms: Limonium nashii, Sea Lavender.
Kingdom Plantae   >   Division Tracheophyta   >   Class Magnoliopsida   >   Order Plumbaginales   >   Family Plumbaginaceae   >   Genus Limonium   

Status:

A common plant of salt marshes of the Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Bays. Lavender Thrift grows along the Atlantic Seaboard from Maine to Florida. It also grows along the Gulf Coast from Florida to the Texas coast, and south into Mexico.

Description:

Lavender Thrift is an erect plant with ovate basal leaves that form a rosette at the bottom of the stem. Lavender Thrift blooms in the late summer and early fall. Blooming dates in the MBP database range from 8/16 through 10/1, with an outlier blooming date of 11/4.

Lavender Thrift has small light purple flowers (1/8" wide). The flowers grow only on one side of a branch. The white sepals may persist after the flowers have withered and fallen.

Where to find:

The salt marshes of Elliott Island Road, Deal Island WMA, and Assateague Island.

Relationships:

Along the Gulf Coast there has been studies that show there is facultative mutualism between the Atlantic Ribbed Mussel and Lavender Thrift (Moore, 2016). In Maine, Charley Eiseman found leaf mines on Lavender Thrift, but no one can figure out what caused the mines. There is speculation that the mines may have been caused by a crustacean or worm (Bug Tracks, 2013).

There are 60 records in the project database.

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Lavender Thrift in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/5/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/5/2019). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift on Assateague Island, Worcester Co., Maryland (8/9/2009). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co., Maryland (8/24/2012). Photo by Nancy Magnusson. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift blooming in St. Mary's Co., Maryland (9/10/2016). Photo by Jim Brighton. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/1/2006). Photo by Gary Van Velsir. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift in Worcester Co., Maryland (10/1/2006). Photo by Gary Van Velsir. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift blooming in Somerset Co., Maryland (8/29/2013). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift in Talbot Co., Maryland (11/22/2016). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift in bloom in Worcester Co., Maryland (8/16/1981). Photo by Jim Stasz. (MBP list)

Lavender Thrift in Somerset Co., Maryland (9/12/2017). Photo by Wayne Longbottom. (MBP list)


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