Armeria maritima 'Alba'

Sea thrift

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Julie Dansereau, copyright GAP Photos (301058)

Plant details

Sea thrift is widely found on seashores in the northern hemisphere, and makes very good ground cover in summer with its clumps of dark green foliage. It has a nice covering of small white flowers from the end of spring to summer, though you needn't stick to this one cultivar. Mix 'Alba' with the dark red 'Bloodstone' and the light pink 'Vindictive, which has won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit (AGM), to form a patchwork quilt. A good choice for coastal gardens with average to poor soil.

Family: Plumbaginaceae

Genus: Armeria

Species: maritima

Cultivar: Alba

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 20cm

Spread: 30cm

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