Family: Plumbaginaceae

Scientific Name: Armeria maritima Rubrifolia

Common Name: Redleaf Thrift


Red Leaved Thrift (Armeria maritima Rubrifolia) is a Sea Thrift with red-tinged foliage and dark pink flowers in a small ball atop a stem.  A very florific plant flowering over a long period of time.

Plant TypePerennials Hardy, Site author's observations
Hardiness Zone3-9
Moistureaverage, tolerates drier sites
Soil & Siteaverage, well drained
Flowersglobe of tiny flowers, bore on a scape that extends above the foliage, 5 petals, 5 stamens and 5 styles, pink to rose pink
Fruitseed capsule with one seed
Leavestuft of 1/8" wide evergreen linear green leaves, evergreen in warmer climates, in zone #5 will be evergreen but the size of the tuft gets a little smaller during the winter
Dimensions10-12 inches or more by 10-12 inch spread
Maintenancedeadheading, maintain the plants vigor, the clump can be divided every 3 years
Propagationseeds, division of clump, separating and rooting the tiny plantlets of the clump
Native SiteNative to Northern Europe, Iceland and Greenland.
Misc FactsThe species name is derived from maritumus pertaining to the sea. Armeria from the French word armories, which means clustered head, referring to the flowers.
Author's Notesthis has been a very hardy, long blooming plant in my garden.
Notes & Reference#04-Herbaceous Perennial Plants (Armitage), #40-Herbaceous Ornamental Plants (Steven Stills)
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