NC State Extension

Limonium ‘Fortress Rose’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 1998

Good Qualities:

Color is strong (6); Long stems (2); Many shades of rose; Transplants well; Strong stems; Dries well – maintains color well.


Stems seem shorter than other colors in the series; Not tall enough; Later than other two varieties ; ‘Fortress’ bloomed later than QIS and therefore had fewer flowers; Rose Sinuata tends to turn a darker color after being dried and stored; Weaker than white; Leaf disease susceptibility; Variable quality; Many stems per plant, but not many flowers.


Vastly inferior to ‘Compendi Rose’, which I also grew this year; Bad year for Sinuata. Grown side by side with ‘Grimes QIS Rose’ – QIS bloomed earlier and had better yield. Neither variety produced as it had in previous years. Plants were mulched irrigated and had every advantage; Do not really like ‘English Statice’ as dried – to brittle, breaks apart too easy. Would be good as a fresh flower but not dried.

Trial Data

Limonium ‘Fortress Rose’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)
Average 10.9 19.4 3.6 2.8 4.0

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


PanAmerican Seed

P.O. Box 438

West Chicago, IL 60186

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