Tufted to small clump-forming, 25-40cm in height. Leaves obovate to oblanceolate in outline, pinnately cleft into eight to fourteen rounded lobes, hispid. Stems and branches of panicles strongly winged, the spikes dense. Flowers 9-12mm long, the calyx white or pale violet, corolla yellowish to pink, purple when dried, summer. Mediterranean region and southern Portugal, in dry sandy localities. This is the wild progenitor of the popular Statice sinuata. It needs alpine house treatment to behave as a perennial, but can be grown as an annual. L. bonduellei is similar, but annual with flowering stems lacking wings or with rudimentary ones, and bright yellow flowers. North Africa and Spain.