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Close up of several cheerful bright pink flower clusters of thrift seapink (Armeria maritima). One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Close up of a bright pink flower cluster of thrift seapink (Armeria maritima). One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Growth habitat of thrift seapink (Armeria maritima) going to seed. One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Bright pink cheerful flowers of thrift seapink (Armeria maritima) planted around a garden post. One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Cheerful pink flowers of thrift seapink (Armeria maritima) in its natural habitat. One of 150+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
A field full of thrift seapink (Armeria maritima) flowers going to seed. One of 150+ 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 evergreen plant that produces small, globe-shaped bright pink to lavender (or sometimes white) flowers on compact mounds of dark green leaves. Over time, the clumps will spread to form a fuss-free groundcover that is adored by hummingbirds and pollinators. 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”-12” wide
  • Light requirements: full sun
  • Moisture requirements: dry soil, requires well-drained 
  • Bloom time: April - August
  • Growth rate/ease: medium to slow growth rate, moderately easy to grow (in the right conditions)
  • Wildlife support: flowers attract and provide nectar to hummingbirds, adult butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators; overall plant attracts and supports beneficial and other pest eating insects. 
  • Native habitat/range: commonly found growing in bluffs, grasslands, and coastal sands, from sea level to 200m, along the coasts of Oregon and Washington. Portland Plant List - no. 
  • Special features & uses: deer resistant; drought tolerant; evergreen; groundcover; landscape uses include pollinator gardens and rock gardens

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, heavy or moist.  

Photo Credit 1: © rappman, some rights reserved (CC-BY) 

Photo Credit 2: © Jacek Pietruszewski, some rights reserved (CC-BY) 

Photo Credit 3: © Erin McKittrick, some rights reserved (CC-BY) 

Photo Credit 4: © Jared Shorma, some rights reserved (CC-BY) 

Photo Credit 5: "Armeria maritima - Moelen 4" by Arnstein Rønning is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Photo Credit 6: © J V, some rights reserved (CC-BY)