ARMERIA Thrift Sea Pink

The grass-like leaves of Thrift, densely packed into hummocks, are a common sight in rockeries and around the sea-shore. It is an excellent plant for a dry and sunny spot – in spring or early summerthe thin flower stalks appear, each one bearing a globular head of tiny blooms. These flowers may be numerous enough to cover the foliage.

VARIETIES: Our native Thrift is A. maritima (height 8 in., spread 1ft.floweringperiodMay-July).Theflower-headsareabout1 in. in diameter – the colour of the species is pink but you can have different colours by choosing a named variety. Pick from Alba’ (white), ‘Laucheana’ (rich pink), ‘Vindictive (red) or ‘Bloodstone’ (deep red). In some situations a more compact Thrift is required – A. caespitosa (A. juniperifolia) is the answer. Basic details are height 3 in., spread 9 in.

Flowering period: April-May. The pink flower-heads are almost stemless.

SITE AND SOIL: Requires well-drained soil and a sunny site. PROPAGATION: Plant basal cuttings in a cold frame in summer.

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