Armeria maritima (Mill.) Willd.
Sea thrift, sea pink, common thrift, thrift seapink
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Caryophyllidae||Cacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts|
|Order||Plumbaginales||A relatively small order of shrubby or herbaceous plants|
|Family||Plumbaginaceae||Includes the leadwort and plumbago families|
|Genus||Armeria||Latinized from the old French name armoires for a cluster-headed dianthus, this is also the Latin name for the Dianthus|
|Species||maritima||Of the sea|
About plant names...
Sea thrift has a fondness for sunny, salty environments, but it is also at home in mountain
areas. It occurs in most of the northern hemisphere, in Europe and North and South America.
Identification: Sea thrift thrives in dry, infertile soils
where few other plants can compete. It shows up along coastal beaches. Plants are 6-12" (15-30 cm)
in size. The leaves are
long, straight, stiff (and sharp), and dark green, looking like blades of grass. Blooms appear in
April and May; they are pink, and sometimes
white or red.
Sea thrift leaves resemble tufts of grass, but they are sharper. By Tomasz "Nemo5576" Górny
Edibility: Poisonous. All parts of the plant are
poisonous if eaten, and some people are allergic to the pollen.
The USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Species Conservation Project (Armeria maritima ssp. sibirica)
Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
The Missouri Botanical Garden
Armeria maritima description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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6/14/2008 · Stan and Connie’s, Falmouth, Maine
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)
Range: Zones 4-8:
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