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Armeria maritima (Sea Thrift)

Sea Thrift, Thrift, Sea Pink, Cliff Rose, Cushion Pink, Lady's Cushion, Lady's Pincushion, Marsh Daisy, Sea Gilliflower, Sea Grass

Armeria Maritima , Sea Thrift, Thrift, Sea Pink, Cliff Rose, Cushion Pink, Lady's Cushion, Lady's Pincushion, Marsh Daisy, Sea Gilliflower, Sea Grass, ground covers, grouncover, perennial ground cover
Armeria Maritima , Sea Thrift, Thrift, Sea Pink, Cliff Rose, Cushion Pink, Lady's Cushion, Lady's Pincushion, Marsh Daisy, Sea Gilliflower, Sea Grass, ground covers, grouncover, perennial ground cover
Armeria Maritima , Sea Thrift, Thrift, Sea Pink, Cliff Rose, Cushion Pink, Lady's Cushion, Lady's Pincushion, Marsh Daisy, Sea Gilliflower, Sea Grass, ground covers, grouncover, perennial ground cover

Armeria maritima (Sea Thrift) is a compact, evergreen perennial boasting round clusters of pink to lavender (or sometimes white) flowers borne atop slender stalks that rise well above the foliage. Blooming profusely in mid to late spring, sporadic additional flowering may occur throughout the summer. Sea Thrift forms a dense, mounded tuft of grass-like, dark green leaves that will spread slowly. A charming little plant that is ridiculously easy to grow and is perfect for edging walks or borders. The flowers can be used as cut flowers too.

  • Grows up to 6-12 in. tall and wide (15-30 cm). Clumps will spread slowly and will need dividing only when the plant centers become bare.
  • Best in full sun, in infertile, dry, well-drained soils. Tolerates part shade. In richer soils, the leaves tend to fall outwards, leaving an open center. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Virtually disease and pest free, it is deer resistant and attracts bees and butterflies.
  • A great perennial plant for edging, border fronts, rock gardens, coastal gardens, or massed as a ground cover for small spots.
  • Deadheading may produce a second flush of flowers.
  • Propagate by seed, division, or basal cuttings
  • Native to Europe, North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plumbaginaceae
Genus Armeria
Common names Sea Thrift, Thrift
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spacing 6" - 12"
(15cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United Kingdom, United States, Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Armeria maritima ‘Rubrifolia’ (Sea Thrift)
Armeria maritima ‘Victor Reiter’ (Sea Thrift)
Armeria maritima ‘Alba’ (Sea Thrift)
Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Red’ (Great Thrift)
Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina White’ (Great Thrift)
Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Lilac’ (Great Thrift)

Recommended Companion Plants

Aurinia saxatilis (Basket-of-Gold)
Gladiolus callianthus murielae (Abyssinian Sword-Lily)
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ (Lavender)
Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ (Blue Fescue)
Sedum spathulifolium (Broadleaf Stonecrop)
Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Nana’ (Wormwood)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Plumbaginaceae
Genus Armeria
Common names Sea Thrift, Thrift
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Height 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spread 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spacing 6" - 12"
(15cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United Kingdom, United States, Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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