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Armeria maritima

Thrift seapink

Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family)

Armeria maritima (Thrift seapink)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
This plant forms dense tussocks of grayish-green, linear leaves and pubescent flower stems. Up to 12 in. tall, the flower stems terminate in a small, round head of pink to lavender flowers. A low plant with a basal cluster of many narrow leaves and, atop a slender, leafless stalk, a globe of pale lilac flowers, beneath which are several broad, purplish, papery bracts. Tussocks of dried leaves are persistent.

It resembles a small onion, but the two families are only related in that they are flowering plants.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf: Dark Green
Fruit: Brown
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: AK , CA , CO , OR , WA
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Circumpolar, s. in the U.S. from the Aleutian Islands along the Pacific Coast to s. CA
Native Habitat: Gravelly tundra; coastal cliffs & beaches

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: The variety californica occurs from Vancouver Island through California


Use Wildlife: Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2007-01-01