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Thrift Seapink
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About Thrift Seapink (Armeria maritima) Armeria maritima is the botanical name for a species of flowering plant. It is a popular garden flower, known by several common names, including "thrift", "sea thrift", and "sea pink".

The plant has been distributed worldwide as a garden and cut flower. It does well in gardens designed as xeriscapes or rock gardens. If planted in its native coastal strand, this plant needs no supplementary irrigation after established. Plant in full sun, in well draining soils or in cliffs or rock walls. Often short lived away from cool seashore conditions since supplementary watering will often rot centers of plants.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
10.8 in (27.4 cm)

Max. Width
4 - 12 ft (1.2 - 3.7 m)

Upright, Mounding, Rounded

Growth Rate

Summer Deciduous

Flower Color
Purple, Pink

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Ocean bluffs, ridges, strand, sand, exposed grassy places

Part Shade, Sun

Elevation ?
-47' - 2055'

Annual Precip. ?
11.1" - 71.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 2.54"

Coldest Month ?
41.4° F - 54.1° F

Hottest Month ?
55.6° F - 76.3° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 23.71 vpd

Soil Description
Well draining clay or sand soil, clay or rock cliffs

Soil PH
4 - 10

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Saline Soil


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 20 - 30° F

Wildlife Attracted
Many pollinators are attracted to the flowers

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Very Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water, 1x/month, 2x/month
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Prune back dead folliage and deadhead in spring.

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sea Thrift, Sea Pink, California Seapink

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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