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Armeria maritima

Also known as

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

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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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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 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)

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.


Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

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

Border, rock garden, ground cover, cutting bed, edging. Spring/summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.


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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