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Armeria maritima (Thrift, Armeria)

Type Alpine, Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Spreading ground hugging, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Dark pink Flowers (Summer), Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Very hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Armeria maritima Description

This ground hugging alpine is great all rounder, providing masses of rounded deep pink blossom held on leafless stems above a dense cushion of tufted green foliage. It is ideally suited to rockery planting or at a sunny borders edge where it will form dense cushions that cover the ground.


Armeria maritima - Cultivation Notes

Armeria is tufty compact alpine that is ideally suited to rockery planting, flourishing on all well drained soil types including chalk. Sea Thrift requires full sun and suites an exposed location, it will not suite being shaded by other plants.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Armeria maritima:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations

Design & Plant Use for Armeria maritima:

  • Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Low growing alpine plant flourishing in a dry sunny location
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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Common Missspellings: Armearea, Armerea, Armaria

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