Armeria maritima (Mill.) Willd.
Sea Thrift, Sea Pink, Common Thrift, Thrift Seapink
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.
Edibility: Poisonous. All parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten, and some people are allergic to the pollen.
Armeria maritima ssp. sibirica from the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Species Conservation Project
Armeria maritima on CalPhotos
Armeria maritima on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Armeria maritima at Chileflora
Armeria maritima at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Armeria maritima description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 4-8: