ARMERIA maritima

Thrift, Sea Pink



Height: 4-6" (10-15cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Pink, white

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Caryophyllidae (Pinks Superorder)
Order: Plumbaginales (Sea Lavender Order)
Family: Plumbaginaceae (Sea Lavender Family)
Genus: Armeria (Thrift)
Species: maritima (of the sea side)
Armeria maritima

Armeria maritima is a neat little plant for edging borders, or growing in a rockery or between paving stones. It forms evergreen tussocks of grassy leaves, and throughout spring and summer produces rounded flower heads composed of hundreds of tiny flowers in pinks or white on stems 3" to 6" high.

Armeria maritima is a British native plant, and can be found covering hillsides and cliffs in the west of England, where it withstands salt-laden winds. In the wild, flowers are usually pale pink, but brighter pinks and white are available as cultivated plants.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(54 days)

Seed Pod There is no seed pod. Each tiny flower on the flower head produces a seed, which is
held inside the chaffy bracts.

Seed The seeds are small pale brown drops. There are many seeds on a seedhead.

Seedling The seedling has grassy leaves.

Seeds are usually obtained and sown still inside the papery calyx.

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