Thrift - Armeria maritima

    Alternative names
    Sea Pink

    Low to short, hairy, cushion forming plant with a branching stock, leaves dark grey green, linear, usually one veined. Flowers usually pink, sometimes red or white, in dense heads 15 to 25 mm across, borne on long, leafless stalks.

    Identification difficulty

    Maritime cliffs and meadows, salt marshes and mountain rocks. Inland it is most likely to be encountered as a garden escape persisting in stony areas.

    When to see it

    Flowering April to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread, though mainly coastal in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Little recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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