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Common Thrift

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This beauty thrives in dry soil!

Sometimes nutrient rich soil is over-rated. At least that’s how Common Thrift (Armeria maritima) sees it.

This little beauty doesn’t like the good stuff. Give it dry, infertile, well-drained soil in baking full sun and it will thrive like nobody’s business! Do you have a spot like that in your garden or do you have a rock garden in need of a spruce-up? Common Thrift to the rescue!

Common Thrift (sometimes called ‘Sea Pink’ because it handles salty coastal conditions so well) looks like a well-tended grass. In the spring, though, it shoots up tiny globe-like flowers that range from hot pink to blush to white. The foliage only grow 4” tall, but the flower stalks will shoot up to 10” or more! They spread slowly to about a foot wide and are great groundcovers for smaller areas. They will bloom sporadically all summer long and into the fall.

These are herbaceous perennials, so they will cower down at the first signs of winter, but never fear – they are quick to come up in the spring.

Try these diminutive beauties in front of the border, as a unique and refreshing edging to bigger beds or even in pots. One of the prettiest uses for Common Thrift that we have ever seen is as a pocket-filler in stone walls – breathtakingly pretty and fun to boot!

If you have a tough dry spot in your garden and need a sure thing, then you’ll want to order Common Thrift from us today!

* Low growing
* Fits small gardens
* Sweet globe-shaped pink to white blooms
* Ground cover
* Great for containers


Common Thrift Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Armeria maritima
Foliage Perennial
Mature Height 6 - 8 inches
Mature Spread 12 inches
Soil Type Well drained
Moisture Water to establish, then very drought tolerant
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Pink
Foliage Color Green