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Armeria maritima

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Thrift

Tolerant of seaside conditions and tufts of pink flowers

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

A compact plant that naturally grows in low clumps amongst rocks and on sandy or gravelly ground. It has long erect stems topped with clusters of lollipop-shaped bright pink flowers that appear in abundance during late spring and summer. The leaves are densely packed and needle-like.

Where?

It loves rock gardens, the front edge of a border and tough places like wall crevices. Grows well in full sun and exposed conditions.

How?

Thrives in infertile and dry soil.

The centres of the plant may rot in moist or humid soil, so be careful and avoid excessive water for this plant. The British three pence coin issued between 1937 and 1952 had a design of Thrift on the reverse.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Alpine, Perennial herbaceous
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
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
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 Wildlife garden, Rock garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing February - November

£3.99

Typically available

From April to September