Armeria maritime, also known as sea thrift, is a perennial plant in the plumgago, leadwort, and sea lavender family (Plumbaginaceae).
It grows in low clumps with long green stems that will eventually bloom into flowers. The plant is often found growing in salty coastal areas, and has a high tolerance for drought.
Armeria maritima photograph by AnnaKika.
The plant grows 6 to 12 inches tall (15 to 30 cm) and blooms in mid-spring with purple and pink flowers.
Armeria maritime grows best in full sunlight and in a very well-drained soil.
The plant is salt and drought tolerant, but if the soil is kept too moist the plant will die. Because they are so easy to overwater, they have a reputation of being a short-lived plant. In reality, as long as you keep the plant dry, it will continue to bloom and live for several years without requiring much care.
This Armeria species thrives in rock gardens, where water can naturally fall away.
They can easily be grown from seeds, although it usually takes the plant a year before it will bloom and display the pretty pink and purple petals it is known for. As it is a perennial, it will return each year, needing little maintenance from the owner.
The plant is also virtually pest disease-free, making it the perfect plant to use for edging, coastal gardens, or borders.
If growing from seed, then it should be sowed in either late spring or early fall. It will need to over winter before you see it start to sprout in the spring. It can also be planted from a cutting during the summer months.
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