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Armeria maritima

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Also known as

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

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Armeria maritima, commonly called Thrift or Sea Pink, is a compact, low-growing plant which forms a dense, mounded tuft of stiff, linear, grass-like, dark green leaves. Tufts will spread slowly to 20-30cm wide. Tiny, pink to white flowers bloom in mid spring in globular clusters atop slender, naked stalks rising well above the foliage. Sporadic additional flowering may occur throughout the summer. Flower clusters are subtended by purplish, papery bracts.

Common problems with Thrift

Generally problem free.

    Thrift Companion Plants

    Sea Thrift is an excellent companion to fleshy-leaved succulents and combines beautifully with small ornamental grasses and coastal plants. Giant Coreopsis (Leptosyne gigantea), Bluff Lettuce (Dudleya farinosa),Coast Dudleya (Dudleya caespitosa), Seaside Fleabane (Erigeron glaucus), Coast Eriogonum (Eriogonum latifolium), Pink Sand Verbena (Abronia umbellata), Gumweed (Grindelia stricta var platyphylla)

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    Eriogonum latifolium

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    Beach Aster

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    How to harvest Thrift

    Not harvested

    How to propagate Thrift


    Prefered method of propagation. Divide clumps in spring.


    Sow seeds into containers in autumn or spring, in a well draining light seedling mix.

    Special features of Thrift

    Drought resistant

    Dense stands of leaves create an enviroment to survive harsh conditions like ocean winds and sun.

    Pot plant

    Happy to grow in pots.

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Thrift


    Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts.

    Landscape: saline, coastal conditions

    It can grow in dry, sandy, saline conditions such as coastal cliffs, grassland and salt marshes, salted roadsides and inland on mountain rocks

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