Delicate pink flowers of Thrift Seapink (Armeria maritima). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Delicate pink flowers of Thrift Seapink (Armeria maritima). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Thrift Seapink (Armeria maritima). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Delicate pink flowers of Thrift Seapink (Armeria maritima). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Thrift Seapink

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Armeria maritima 

Thrift Seapink is a darling, compact, evergreen plant that produces small, globe-shaped pink to lavender (or sometimes white) flowers. It is common along the Oregon coast so be sure to give it sandy or rocky, low-nutrient soils to enjoy its stunning flowers year after year.   

  • Plant type/canopy layer: evergreen perennial herbaceous plant
  • Size at maturity: 6-12" tall, clumps 4”-8” wide
  • Light requirements: full sun
  • Moisture requirements: dry soil
  • Bloom time: April - August
  • Growth rate/ease: moderate growth rate, moderately difficult to grow
  • Wildlife support: unknown
  • Native habitat/range: Locally common in bluffs, grasslands, and coastal sands, from sea level to 600 ft. along the coasts of OR and WA. Portland Plant List - no. 
  • Special features & uses: drought tolerant, evergreen

Gardening with Thrift Seapink: This plant is ideal for dry, well-drained or sandy areas of your yard - such as a rock garden. Since it is evergreen, it should not be cut back to the ground in fall as that will affect spring bloom. Don't baby this beauty - it will not tolerate supplemental water, nor soils that are too-rich or heavy.  

 

Photo Credit 1: "Armeria maritima" by Gilles San Martin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 2: "Armeria maritima" by anro0002 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 3: "Thrift - Strandnellik - Armeria Maritima" by randihausken is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 4: "Thrift (Armeria maritima)" by Phil Sellens is licensed under CC BY 2.0