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Armeria maritima Alba

Sea gilliflower, Cushion rose, Cliff rose, Sea grass, Ladies cushion

Perfect for a rockery

Price 1 Litre Pots £3.99 Each - 3 for £10

Thrift or sea pink forms low hummocks of tufted, grassy, dark green leaves. Tiny drumstick buds appear anytime from early spring, opening to pom-pom heads of pure white flowers carried on slender stems high above the leaves. The flowers are produced freely for several weeks and the evergreen leaves remains attractive throughout the year.


Anywhere in full sun. Perfect for the rock garden, in gaps in paving, in gravel or pots and containers.


Any well-drained soil in full sun. Remove flower heads as they fade to prolong the flowering season.

A native of sea cliffs, thrift is drought tolerant and perfect for coastal gardens

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Garden edging, Coastal or drought resistant, Wildlife garden, Rock garden


Typically available

From April to September