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Thrift

Armeria maritima

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

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

20cm

1 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Thrift
A photo of Thrift
A photo of Thrift

Overview

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

Generally problem free.

    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)

    A photo of Beach Aster

    Beach Aster

    Erigeron glaucus

    A photo of Eriogonum latifolium

    Eriogonum latifolium

    Eriogonum latifolium

    A photo of Beach Aster

    Beach Aster

    Erigeron glaucus

    A photo of Succulents

    Succulents

    Harvesting

    Not harvested

    Propagation

    Division

    Prefered method of propagation. Divide clumps in spring.

    Seed

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

    Special Features

    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

    Uses

    Ornamental

    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