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Armeria maritima (Thrift seapink)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Armeria maritima

Thrift seapink

Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family)

USDA Symbol: ARMA6

USDA Native Status:

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 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: Dry , Moist
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


Description: Propagate by seed or cuttings.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds do not need pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Armeria maritima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Armeria maritima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Armeria maritima


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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