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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Armeria maritima (P. Mill.) Willd.
USDA Symbol: arma6
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N),
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
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff