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Armeria (ar-MEE-ree-uh)

Common Name:  Sea pink, thrift

Light:  - Full sun to part sun

Soil:  Average to loamy, well-drained

Moisture:  Average to slightly moist in summer, dry in winter

Blooms:  Summer

Zones:  3 - 8

Armeria 'Bloodstone'

Armeria Description and Cultural Information

Armeria maritima, sea pink. 6" - 12". Sea pinks form low mounds of thick grass-like foliage with white to pink rounded flowers atop thin stems. 'Bloodstone' has dark rose-red flowers. 'Cotton Tail' and 'Alba' have pure white flowers.

How to Grow:  Plant sea pinks in average to loamy, loose, well-drained soil in full sun to part sun. Divide plants every few years to keep them vigorous, especially if they die out in the center. If the soil is too rich they won't bloom as well and good winter drainage is essential to prevent rot.

Landscape uses:  Sea pinks are a nice border or rock garden plant. As their common name suggests they are somewhat salt tolerant. Combine them with dwarf veronicas, lavender, Pulsatilla (pasque flower), Platycodon, Sedum and Scabiosa.

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