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Armeria maritima (Mill.) Willd.
USDA Symbol: ARMA6
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type: Tap Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, 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 ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: The variety californica occurs from Vancouver Island through California
BenefitUse Wildlife: Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds do not need pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff