Androsace macloviana Cham.
Armeria alpina Ebel
Armeria alpina Turcz.
Armeria ambifaria Focke
Armeria andina californica Boiss.
Armeria arctica (Cham.) Wallr.
Armeria arctica Sternb.
Armeria armeria (L.) H.Karst.
Armeria barcensis Simonk.
Armeria bottendorfensis A.G.Schulz
Armeria campestris Wallr.
Armeria duriuscula Bab.
Armeria elongata (Hoffm.) W.D.J.Koch
Armeria elongata Hoffm.
Armeria elongata Koch
Armeria expansa Wallr.
Armeria halleri Wallr.
Armeria intermedia Link ex Boiss.
Armeria labradorica Wallr.
Armeria littoralis Willd.
Armeria macloviana californica (Boiss. ex DC.) Iversen
Armeria miscella Merino
Armeria montana G.Don ex Loudon
Armeria planifolia Nyman
Armeria pocutica Pawł.
Armeria pubescens B.Heyne ex Steud.
Armeria pubescens Link
Armeria pubigera scotica Boiss.
Armeria purpurea W.D.J.Koch
Armeria rhenana Gremli
Armeria scabra Pall. ex Schult.
Armeria sibirica Turcz. ex Boiss.
Armeria vulgaris Willd.
Statice arctica (Cham.) S.F. Blake
Statice armeria L.
Statice bottendorfensis (A.Schulz) O.Schwarz
Statice capitata Lam.
Statice elongata Hoffm.
Statice halleri Garcke
Statice interior Raup
Statice labradorica (Wallr.) F.T. Hubb. & S.F. Blake
Statice linearifolia Laterr.
Statice linearifolia Loisel.
Statice maritima Mill.
Statice pubescens Sm. ex Schult.
Statice pubigera Desf.
Statice purpurea W.D.J.Koch
Common Name: Sea Thrift
Flowering plant, draped over this granite stone wall close to the coastline.
Photograph by: Tony Atkin
Armeria maritima is a herbaceous, perennial plant forming a low, compact mound of growth. The mound spreads slowly, becoming 20 - 30cm or more wide[
The plant is occasionally used medicinally and perhaps also for food. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental and ground cover, there are several named forms.
Contact with the plant can cause irritation or dermatitis in sensitive individuals[
Eurasia - from Norway to Spain, east through Russia to the Russian Far East, through the Balkans to Turkey; northern and western N. America -
Coastal salt marshes, pastures and maritime cliffs[
]. Dry, sandy, somewhat acidic soils in sandy turf, coastal salt marshes, cliffs and mountain pastures[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles, Lepidoptera
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in most well-drained soils including clay and poor sands[
]. Foliage mounds tend to rot in the centre if grown in moist, fertile soils or in heavy clay[
]. Prefers a well-drained sandy soil with added leaf mould and a sunny position[
]. Grows well in saline soils[
]. Requires an acid soil according to one report[
] whilst others say that it dislikes acid soils. Plants are very wind-tolerant and succeed in maritime gardens[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
]. Succeeds when grown at the top of a retaining wall or a cavity wall[
The plant tolerates light treading[
]. It forms a slowly expanding clump and makes a good edging plant[
A good butterfly plant[
The flower is a symbol of sympathy, used at funerals[
Leaves - cooked[
]. Used for slimming[
Sea thrift is rarely used in herbal medicine, though the dried flowering plant is antibiotic and has been used in the treatment of obesity, some nervous disorders and urinary infections[
]. It cannot be used externally as an antibiotic poultice because it can cause dermatitis or local irritation[
A good ground-cover for a sunny position[
], though only practical for small areas due to its slow spread[
]. The cultivar 'Vindictive' has been especially recommended[
] and so has 'Alba'[
]. Plants form a slowly spreading carpet[
Seed - pre-soak for 8 hours in warm water and then sow in pots of sandy soil in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place in 2 - 3 weeks at 15°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter, planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring or after flowering[
]. Fairly easy, large divisions can be planted out straight into their permanent positions whilst it is probably best to pot up smaller divisions and to grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are rooting well.