Annual statice, a vivid Mediterranean flower, is noted for its papery, funnel-shape calyces that bloom in summer. The flowers are actually small and white, growing in the colorful calyces that remain long after the flowers have faded away. Annual statice works beautifully in mixed borders, rock gardens, cut flower gardens, meadows, and cutting gardens. These plants also make an excellent choice for cut flowers and dried arrangements.
Available in a veritable rainbow of colors, annual statice's calyces bloom in yellows, orange, blues, purples, pinks, and whites, all of which last for a long time. The paperlike calyces protect the delicate white blossoms. Even after the blooms fade, the showy calyces persist. They can also be dried easily: Pick bright flowers on sturdy stems, then hang in loose bundles in a cool, dark place.
Annual Statice Care Must-Knows
Annual statice performs best with little interference. It prefers well-drained, sandy loam. (It rots in overly wet soil.) However, it isn't picky about nutrients, preferring to grow on the lean side, with little to no additional fertilizer. Annual statice is drought-tolerant once established.
Plant annual statice in full sun for the brightest colors and sturdiest stems. They tolerate a bit of shade, but the plant will likely flop and need support.
Grow annual statice from seed, starting them indoors two months before the last expected frost date. These tiny seeds require a small amount of soil to cover them. You can also sow the seed directly in the ground for a natural effect. Prevent crown rot and root rot by planting it in well-drained soils where they get good air circulation.