Armeria maritima

Sea Thrift

This hardy evergreen perennial is commonly found along the coast. Its stiff, grass-like leaves make a tufted mound up to 1 foot high; small rose-pink flowers form tight balls on the top of stalks which grow 6 to 10 inches high. Sea Thrift blooms several times throughout the year. Plant it in full sun on the coast or light shade inland. It is at its best if given some water.

Wildlife value: Over-wintering Monarch butterflies sip nectar from Sea Thrift blossoms.