Plumbaginaceae Gallery - wildflowers of the Leadwort family

The Leadwort family of plants, Plumbaginaceae, comprises some 24 genera containing about 800 plant species. The flowers are most often pink or blue and have five petals, five sepals and five stamens and they are usully in tight clusters.Many of the plants in this family thrive in dry and salty habitats. The name Plumbaginaceae comes from an ancient belief that some of the flowers in this group have the ability to cure lead poisoning. These thumbnail pictures have links to larger photographs and information about each of the species, their habitat needs and an identification guide.

Armeria maritima, Thrift
Armeria
maritima
Armeria pungens, Sea Rose
Armeria
pungens
Limonium recurvum, Portland Sea-lavender
Limonium
recurvum
Limonium sinuatum, Winged Sea-lavender
Limonium
sinuatum
Limonium vulgare, Sea Lavender
Limonium
vulgare

We have used the scientific names to identify species in this table, but if you prefer to use common names we have also listed all species covered on the First Nature website in alphabetical order of Common Names...

There is also the option to see all species listed in order of Scientific Names or Botanical Families or Dominant Colour.

Introduction to wild flower families...