Armeria maritima ‘Alba’

£3.50

Potsize: 9cm
Common Name: thrift, sea thrift, sea pink
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Description: Evergreen clumps or large cushions of finely narrow green leaves bearing stems of white drumstick-like flowers throughout summer.
Flowers: May-July
Height: 15-20cm
Spread: 20-25cm
Position: Light, well-drained soil in full sun.
Use: Rock garden, containers, scree beds, raised beds & borders

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Description

Armeria

We are all familiar with the tufted cushions that cling to the cliff tops from our holidays at the sea side and from seeing them on the small screen hunkered down beside a Puffin burrow. They number a 100 or so species mostly from the Mediterranean, although Armeria maritima makes its home along the coasts of the northern hemisphere, including the length and breadth of Britain.

They must be amongst the most undemanding of evergreen perennials thriving in any soil, from impoverished sand to clay provided it is well drained.

New breeding of Sea thrifts has produced plants with longer stems, larger more robust flowers and a wide range of colours from white to carmine pink, even red. Some forms even have beetroot coloured leaves. They make great ground cover for sunny spots, the taller forms of Armeria maritima and Armeria pseudo-armeria can be used at the front of the border, on the rockery and in paving. Armeria maritima makes excellent ground cover amongst paving even tolerating the occasional treading of gardeners and animals. Small species like Armeria juniperifolia are easy plants for the trough, rockery, scree or even dry stone walls

The pom-pom flowers appear from late spring and can continue sporadically all summer. Dead-heading encourages further blooming but the flowers are good for cutting and dry well, either cut or in-situ.

Naming

‘Armeria’ is derived from the latinised version of the French Armoires, a name for the Sweet William Dianthus. Common names include Sea Thrift, Sea Pink and Lady’s Cushion.

A.pseudo-armeria can grow up to 60cm high but the ‘Ballerina’ series have been bred to be more compact & prolific flowering with much stronger colours.

Armeria maritima ‘Alba’

Evergreen clumps or large cushions of finely narrow green leaves bearing stems of white drumstick-like flowers throughout summer.Common Name: thrift, sea thrift, sea pink
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Flowers: May-July
Height: 15-20cm
Spread: 20-25cm
Position: Light, well-drained soil in full sun.
Use: Rock garden, containers, scree beds, raised beds & borders