Botanical Name: Armeria maritima
Common Name: Sea Pink, Common Thrift  
Plant photo of: Armeria maritima
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1', 1-3'


Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Green, Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Mediterranean, Seascape, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Lawn, Patio, Raised Planter, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Susan Frommer
  • Description

  • Notes

This clumping, grass-like perennial can be planted in full sun in coastal areas but needs afternoon shade in warm inland areas This CA native has small pink flowers that resemble pom poms that bloom in spring and summer. This cute flower can be used between pavers as it can tolerate light foot traffic. Overall height of plant is about 1' tall. It is drought tolerant near coastal areas but requires more water in hot summer areas.
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