What I didn't take a picture of was Limonium humile, what
I checked out in the archipelago today was also L. vulgare - they
both have that same pointed tip, and a leathery rather than fleshy texture.
Plenty of Sea Aster today, not yet in flower, with quite similar, but
fleshy rather than leathery, leaves. Ironically, I didn't get any very
good pictures today, either - it's supposed to be L. humile - but
I did get a good look. And the woody taproot, of which I got a far too
short piece in April for the plant
to survive in pot (away from lawnmower territory) looks a lot like the
taproots of other Limoniums (on the Web).
Sea Lavender and Bush Vetch:
and one fruitful:
The Vetch in its Bush with Pods
the Mystery Rosette
no sign of flowers...
- and only a vague idea of what it might be.
NOT a Soapwort, NOT a Hawkweed
Many questions, no answers.
The potted sample not surviving.
Then, after almost two months of brooding
the Lax-flowered Sea-lavender
was pointed out to me
on a Sunday excursion.
and that pointed tip reminded me
of my Mystery Rosette. At once.
But I didn't take a picture
(neglect by excitement)
nor a leaf or part thereof
of this protected plant.
So it has taken me another round month
to go see the wild relative:
Not that I hadn't tried to get back to the Sea-lavenders earlier. June 1st Erik Ljungstand offered to show them on Vrångö - but grazing sheep and geese had eaten them all, to our disappointment.
The tomorrow of this Sunday page brought the lawnmower to the Mystery Rosette again. And on the picture from the following day, one can ALMOST see the pointed tip of the Limonium from Lindö (this, too, is L. humile.)
And on June 20th I took pictures of some Limonium rosettes at Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam - S-weeds always on my mind.
Eva Ekeblad, 2002