Armeria maritima Plumbaginaceae Sea Pink or Thrift

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Description - The narrow grey-green leaves of this plant form neat clumps, which can become large tussocks. Above this are the pink spherical flowerheads on stems some 15cm in height. About 20 small papery flowers make up each head and can be seen best during May. Occasionally a plant with pure white flowers is found.

Habitat - Found all around the coast, the roots needing very little soil, so seen on sea-walls, on the cliffs and above beaches. Garden forms can be found inland, but the native plant will not survive long away from the sea.

Comments - Sheets of this small pink flower provide just one of the colourful species beautifying our cliffs in the spring.



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