Statice 'Rats Tail' (Pink Pokers)
Rats tail statice seeds, also known as pink pokers statice - Unusual dense vertical spikes of pink flowers, I love them.
Minimum 25 seeds
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The queen of dried flowers. Easily overlooked for use in fresh bouquet work (but don’t, it’s wonderful as a fresh cut flower). Pretty little papery flowers that bloom all summer long, very productive, and super easy to grow. Rats tail statice is very different to any other statice - this grows in long strong stems covered in bright pink flowers. It's fabulous.
How to make these beauties grow
Sow: Autumn for overwintering. Or late spring 4-6 weeks before the last frost.
How: Surface sow and cover lightly – light required for germination. Seeds sown in autumn - seedlings need to be grown in a cold frame or greenhouse, as the seedlings are tender to heavy frosts.
Where: Full sun
Days to Maturity: 60-80 days
Pick: When all the flowers have open. 7 days+ vase life, or can be dried
Notes From The Garden
Unlike other flowers – wait until all the flowers have opened before cutting overwise it will wilt. Rats tail in particular is more prone to wilting. I've found searing the ends in boiling water for 20 seconds prevents wilting (and even rejuvenates wilted stems).
Pinching statice is not required, as it grows all its stems from the base.
Photo: Barrhill Blooms