Limonium ramosissimum ssp. provinciale

Photo courtesy of Margo Bors

Common names: Algerian sea lavendar

Limonium ramosissimum ssp. provinciale (Algerian sea lavender) is a perennial plant (family Plumbaginaceae) that can be found in Southern California. An ornamental escape native to coastal Mediterranean, it grows in coastal areas and sand dunes.
The plant reproduces by seeds which can retain the ability to germinate after two weeks floating in salt water. Currently only the provinciale subspecies is listed on our Inventory. However, many collections recorded in California have not included a subspecies. Also, the Limonium species along the southern California coast may actually be Limonium duriusculum rather than L. ramosissimum.

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Cal-IPC Resources

  • Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
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  • Don't Plant a Pest! - Select your region to find non-invasive alternatives to ornamental species. Also see our statewide brochure on trees.

    Other Resources

    Symposium Presentations

    • Perlmutter, M., G. Archbald, et al. (2011). Eradicating Algerian sea lavender (Limonium ramosissimum) from San Francisco Bay wetlands. Cal-IPC 2011 Symposium. Tahoe City, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
    • Cleave, A. and K. E. Boyer (2010). Effects of invasive Limonium ramosissimum on native salt marsh communities in a changing environment. Cal-IPC 2010 Symposium. Ventura, CA, California Invasive Plant Council.
    • Archbald, G. and K. Boyer (2009). Evaluating the potential for spread of an invasive forb, Limonium ramosissimum, in San Francisco Bay salt marshes. Cal-IPC Symposium 2009. Visalia, CA, Cal-IPC.

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • Cal-IPC (2008). Weed Alerts. Cal-IPC News. 16: 8.