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Armeria maritima

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© Mike L. Grant 1998

Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Mat forming

Origin

Native to the UK

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

thrift

Family

Plumbaginaceae


Armeria are evergreen perennials forming tufts or mats of strap-shaped or linear leaves, with long-stalked, dense clusters of small cup-shaped flowers

A. maritima is a mat-forming evergreen perennial with dense, needle-like leaves and erect scapes to 15cm, bearing compact clusters of cup-shaped pink flowers in late spring and summer

Other common names

  • cliff rose
  • cushion pink
  • lady's cushion
  • lady's pincushion
  • marsh daisy
  • sea gilliflower
  • sea grass
  • sea pink

Synonym(s)

  • Armeria bottendorfensis
  • Armeria vulgaris

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil, suitable for rock garden and trough or the front of a border

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, division or basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Ground Cover, Rock Garden, Wildflower meadow, Wildlife Gardens or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free