Armeria maritima Sea Thrift

Armeria maritima 'Nifty Thrifty'

Sea Thrift

♦ Zones:  4 - 9     Height:  3 - 6"     Exposure:  Full Sun ♦

‘Nifty Thrifty’ is a sea thrift or sea pink variety that is noted for its variegated foliage. This is a compact, low-growing plant that forms a dense, mounded tuft of stiff, linear, grass-like, green leaves edged with creamy white. Tufts will slowly spread outward. Tiny, bright pink flowers bloom in mid-spring in globe-shaped flower heads atop slender, naked stalks rising above the foliage. Sporadic additional flowering may occur throughout the summer. Many plants in the genus Armeria grow in the wild in saline environments along coastal areas where few other plants can grow well, hence the common name.  Best grown in infertile, dry, gritty, well-drained soils in full sun. Foliage mounds tend to rot in the center if grown in moist, fertile soils or in heavy clay. Good drainage is essential. Deadhead spent flower stems to encourage additional bloom.  A compact plant for border fronts, rock gardens, troughs or wall pockets.  May be massed as a ground cover for small areas.



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