This section is from the book "British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts Vol5-6", by A. R. Horwood. Also available from Amazon: A British Wild Flowers In Their Natural Haunts.
Jersey Thrift (Statice (Armeria) plantaginea, All.). - The habitat of this plant is dry sandy places, sandy banks. The plant has the rosette habit. The plant is hairless and is more rigid, stouter, and larger than Statice (Armeria) vulgaris. The leaves are linear-lance-shaped, narrowed into long points, the margins cartilaginous or membranous, wavy when dry, 3-5 veined. The scapes are rough, taller. The involucre is longer, less deeply cut, the outer bracts with a long, herbaceous point, triangular or lance-shaped, abrupt, or inversely egg-shaped, with a broad, membranous margin, blunt. The calyx-teeth are long, bristle-like, awned. The flowers are darker, on shorter stalks. The plant is 4-20 in. high, flowering between June and August, and is a herbaceous perennial.
Remote - flowered Sea Lavender (Limonium (Statice) humile, Mill. = S. rari/lora, Bab. non Drej. = 5. Bahusiensis, Fr.). - The habitat of this plant is muddy salt-marshes. The plant has the rosette habit. The stem is somewhat angular, branched below, not forming a corymb above, panicled. The leaves are oblong to lance-shaped, stalked, blunt-pointed, 1-ribbed, faintly-veined. The flowers are distant, purplish, in long spikes, erect or bent inwards. The spikelets are loose, or 1-3 flowered, arranged one side of the stalk, not overlapping. The calyx-segments are acute, finely-toothed. The outer bract is keeled on the back, pointed, the inner 1-1 1/2 as long as the intermediate. The plant is 4-12 in. high, flowering in July and August, and is a herbaceous perennial.
Limonium (Statice) recurvum, C. E. Salmon = 5. Dodartii, Bab. Man., Ed. 5-8). - The habitat of this plant is rocky shores. The plant has the rosette habit. The stem is rigid, with thick branches, not barren, short, and often simple, usually not branched below. The leaves are inversely egg-shaped to spoon-shaped, not pinnately veined (as they are in the next), narrowed into a broadly-winged stalk, 3-veined below. The flowers are purple, in nearly-erect, linear, thick spikes, the panicle branches short, often in pairs, spreading. The spikelets are 2-4-flowered, stout, crowded, spreading, overlapping, in 2 rows. The calyx-segments are without intermediate teeth, blunt, and entire. The inner bracts are inversely egg-shaped, very blunt, with white, or pinkish, margins. The anthers are linear. The plant is in flower in July and August, and is a herbaceous perennial.
Upright Sea Lavender (Limonium (Statice) binervosum, C. E. Salmon = S. auriculcefolia, Hook, non Vahl. = S. occidentalis, Lloyd = 5. spathulata, Hook, non Desf.). - The habitat of this plant is rocky shores. The plant has the rosette habit. The plant is hairless. The rootstock is short, stout, branched. The stem is branched from near the middle, the branches repeatedly forked, long, sometimes rough. The leaves are lance-shaped to spoon-shaped, acute, narrowed to a short stalk below, blunt, 3-nerved below. The branches of the panicle are all flowering, ascending, the few lower often flowerless, the scapes slender, wavy, forked. The spikelets are 2-4-flowered, slender, overlapping, in 2 rows, erect or ascending, and the spikes are linear, nearly erect. The calyx-segments are blunt, entire, without intermediate teeth. The inner bracts are oval, with a broad, membranous edge, pink. The anthers are oval. The plant is 4-12 in. high, flowering in July and August, and is a herbaceous perennial.
Limonium (Statice) bellidipolium, D. C. non Dum. = S. reticulatum, Huds. = S. caspia, Willd. - The habitat is salt-marshes, and muddy seashores. The plant has the rosette habit. It is hairless, rough to granular, especially above. The scape is stout or slender, much branched near the base, erect, or prostrate when it forms a circle. The leaves are not persistent, 1-3 veined, small, inversely egg-shaped, lance-shaped, acute, or blunt-pointed. The leaf-stalk is as long as the blade. The branches are erect, spreading, branched, bent back, the lower barren, much divided, simple, and all flowering. The branch-lets are much divided. The scales are triangular to acute, the larger with long, narrow points, the lower leafy occasionally. The spikes are scorpioid, short, dense, or longer and loose. The spikelets are 2-3-flowered, in 2 rows, densely overlapping, close or distant. The outer bract is egg-shaped, blunt, membranous, faintly-veined below. The middle bract is irregularly oblong to inversely egg-shaped, divided or blunt, rounded, membranous, veined. The inner bract is long, egg-shaped, membranous, more than half as long as the outer bract. The bracteoles are oblong to inversely egg-shaped, membranous, rounded or blunt. The calyx is irregularly hairy below, sometimes hairless, the lobes triangular to acute, rounded, the veins not running beyond the base of the lobes, or rarely so far, white, finely toothed, with no intermediate teeth. The corolla is small, pale lilac. The plant is 1 1/2-16 in. high, flowering in July and August, and is a herbaceous perennial.
The root-stock is stout and woody. The stem is stout, branched one-third to four-fifths of its length, tapering- upwards with barren branches occasionally. The leaves are inversely egg-shaped to spoon-shaped, shortly blunt-pointed, with broadly-winged stalks, are 5-9-veined, thick, leathery. The scales are large, egg-shaped to triangular. The inner bracts are roundish, twice as long as the outer, with a bright-red band and membranous border. The spikelets are 2-flowered, densely overlapping, in 2 rows. The spikes are thick, spreading or nearly horizontal. The calyx-segments are short, with blunt ribs, hairy. The anthers are oblong. The plant is 4-12 in. high, flowering in July and August, and is a herbaceous perennial.