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Any of about 300 species of chiefly perennial herbaceous plants that make up the genus Limonium of the family Plumbaginaceae, especially L. vulgare. Bearing small flowers in dense spikes, L. vulgare grows in large tracts that sometimes turn acres lilac-coloured in late summer. The flower spikes of this and other sea lavenders are often used in dry-flower arrangements for their lasting qualities and permanent colours.
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