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Armeria maritima (Mill.) Willd.

Sea thrift, sea pink, common thrift, thrift seapink

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassCaryophyllidaeCacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
OrderPlumbaginalesA relatively small order of shrubby or herbaceous plants
FamilyPlumbaginaceaeIncludes the leadwort and plumbago families
GenusArmeriaLatinized from the old French name armoires for a cluster-headed dianthus, this is also the Latin name for the Dianthus
SpeciesmaritimaOf the sea

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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.

Armeria maritima (sea thrift, sea pink, common thrift, thrift seapink)

Sea thrift leaves resemble tufts of grass, but they are sharper. By Tomasz “Nemo5576” Górny

Edibility: Poisonous. Skull & Crossbones All parts of the plant are poisonous if eaten, and some people are allergic to the pollen.[1]

Online References:

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

1See toxicity information


Armeria maritima description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Armeria maritima (sea thrift, sea pink, common thrift, thrift seapink)

6/14/2008 · Stan and Connie’s, Falmouth, Maine
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Range: Zones 4-8:

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