Thrift - Armeria maritima
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.
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.
Flowering April to August.
Widespread, though mainly coastal in Britain.
Little recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.
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