The hardy perennial Armeria plant is also known by the names Sea Pink and Thrift.
It normally flowers from spring to the middle of summer, and is native to alpine meadows.
Armeria by Powi.
Thrift is a dwarf evergreen that has small white or pink flowers.
The Armeria plant itself is rosette like in nature, with stems bolting out, which carry their sphere shaped flowers.
Thrift is a very salt tolerant plant and can therefore be grown at seaside locations. It also makes an ideal rockery plant wherever it is grown.
Sea Pink by Colin-47 _Away.
Armeria maritima (Sea thrift, Sea cushion, Sea pink), photograph by James Johnstone; CC.
Armeria alliacea (Sea Pink), picture by 阿橋 HQ; CC.
Armeria 'Ballerina red' cultivar photograph by 阿橋 HQ; CC.
Armeria 'bloodstone' Cultivar photograph by cultivar413; CC.
If you intend to sow Armeria seeds outdoors, they should be sowed on the surface and lightly covered with soil in the early spring or early autumn.
If you prefer to grow seedlings indoor then seeds should be prepared about ten weeks before they are due to be put out (early spring).
Seeds should first be imbibed by soaking in warm water for 8 hours, then grown in darkness at 16 to 21 degrees Celsius (61 to 70°F). The plants should normally germinate after two to three weeks.
When the seedlings are ready for transplanting, they should be put out at a space of 15 cm (1 foot) for smaller species and 30 cm (two feet) for larger types.
They should be planted in a well drained, slightly sandy soil with a pH of between 5.5 and 7.5.
It is easy to look after Sea Pink, Thrift, and other Armeria plant species; they require a light watering in dry conditions, and should be deadheaded following flowering to prevent seed setting and the wild spread of thrift.
Ideally Armeria should be lightly mulched for protection over the winter with straw.