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Armeria selections


If you have a hot, dry spot with excellent drainage, you must give thrift a try. A small, tidy plant, it covers itself with adorable bobbing pink flowers. It's a charming groundcover, edging plant, or rock garden feature. When planted in large groups, it forms a mat of attractive grassy foliage and colorful marble-size balls of flowers.

Also called sea pink, this tough plant tolerates wind, sea spray, and is drought-tolerant. They do need well-drained soil to prevent root rot.

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Plant Type:
Plant Height:
4-15 inches tall
Plant Width:
4-12 inches wide
Bloom Time:
Heaviest bloom is in spring with periodic bloom through summer and fall
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Slopes,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Attractive Foliage,Winter Interest,Cut Flowers,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Armeria pseudarmeria grows larger in all respects than sea thrift. Leaves are wider, the plant grows several inches taller, and flowers are larger. Zones 6-7
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Armeria maritima 'Morning Star Deep Rose' has rich rose flowers that last for a long time over a mound of grassy green foliage. It grows 6 inches tall. Zones 3-9
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Armeria maritima 'Rosea' has medium-pink, ball-shape blooms that rise 6-8 inches above grassy green foliage. Remove old flowers to keep it blooming. Zones 3-9
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Armeria maritima 'Ruby Glow' has deep pink blooms on 8-inch-tall stalks. Zones 3-9
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Armeria maritima 'Alba' bears pure-white blooms on 8-inch-tall stems over grassy foliage. Zones 3-9
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Plant It With

Grassy-looking thrift pairs well against aven's fuzzy leaves and big, bold flowers.


The swordlike spears of iris mimic the grassy effect of thrift foliage. Peak bloom of thrift coincides with iris season.


The silvery foliage and clear blue blooms of catmint pair beautifully with thrift. Both produce their first flush of blooms at the same time in spring and continue the colorful show throughout the summer.