Armeria – thrift

Height: 7.5-60cm (3-24in)

Planting distance: 15-30cm (6-12in)

Features: flowers spring to summer

Soil: ordinary, well-drained

Site: full sun

Type: evergreen: perennial or rock plant

The strong-stemmed, globular, bright pink or white flowerheads of Armeria thrive in sunny seaside gardens from late spring to early summer; in mild climates they may reappear later. The grassy clumps of foliage survive the winter.

Popular species and varieties:

Armeria juniperifolia (syn. A. caespitosa) has 7.5cm (3in) high, pink flowers in late spring and grey-green foliage.

‘Bevan’s Variety’ has deeper pink flowers. Armeria maritima grows up to 30cm (Iff) tall with pink flowers from late spring to mid summer. Varieties include ‘Alba’ (white flowers), ‘Diisseldorf Stolz’ (syn. ‘Diisseldorf Pride’; dark pink flowers) and ‘Vindictive’ (deep rose-pink flowers). Armeria pseudarmeria (syn. A. latifolid), usually white flowered, grows up to 60cm (2ft) tall and has broader leaves.

‘Bee’s Ruby’ (ruby-red flowers) is a hybrid of the same habit.


Plant thrift from early autumn to mid spring in ordinary, well-drained soil.

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