Also known as
Sea Pink, Cliff Rose, Cushion Pink, Lady's Cushion, Marsh Daisy, Sea Gilliflower, Sea Grass, Sea pink
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1 years to reach maturity
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.
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
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
Dense stands of leaves create an enviroment to survive harsh conditions like ocean winds and sun.
Happy to grow in pots.
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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