Sea Pink/Common Thrift

27 Feb

Sea Pink (Armeria), evergreen perennial,  6-8 in., pink balls on slender stems bloom in spring and summer, sometimes year round, native, sun, tolerates considerable drought.

Armeria is a small, mat-forming evergreen perennial with dark green grass-like leaves and showy ball shaped flowers. In nature, it grows on the coastal bluffs, rocks and snd dunes from San Luis Obispo north to British Columbia, Canada. There are various forms and variations throughout the natural range, and many cultivars have been introduced for garden use.

This plant is popular for border plantings, along paths, as a small area ground cover and for container use. It does best in coastal and cool summer climate zones like the Bay Area. Flower colors of cultivars range from magenta-pink to white.

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