Armeria is an excellent garden performer with charming globe-shaped clusters of blooms.
We are currently growing two varieties – A. maritima "Morning Star Deep Rose" and "Morning Star White" and A. pseudarmeria "Ballerina Red."
A. pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Red’ is the slightly larger variety with large, 1” ball-shaped blooms packed with small rose-red flowers. It has cushion-shaped, grassy foliage of lance-shaped blue-green leaves and can grow 8-10” tall by 12” wide. In 2009, it was the Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner!
A. maritima has attractive clusters of flowers that rise above glossy, grassy foliage forming a neat and attractive plant. They are 4-6” tall by 6-12” wide.
A. pseudarmeria (left) and A. maritima (right).
These varieties of Armeria also go by the names of “Great Thrift,” “Sea Thrift,” or “Sea Pink” as they are native to seaside cliffs.
Armeria are durable perennials that bloom for many weeks starting in late spring. Their dense, compact leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the year. Plant them in full sun or partial shade in normal or sandy soil. They prefer dry to average moisture levels with well-draining soil. Plant in groupings to get the best effect (12” apart) and trim off spent flowers to encourage repeat blooming. It should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. With the right care, it can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
A. maritima "Morning Star Deep Rose" and "Morning Star White" (front) and A. pseudarmeria "Ballerina White" (back)
Armeria is a very versatile plant and does well in a variety of garden settings. Their dense, compact leaves make them great in rock and alpine gardens. Their ground-hugging foliage makes them an excellent groundcover. You can also try them as an edging or border plant. Enjoy the delicate texture they bring to your garden composition!
Not surprisingly, the bright clusters of blooms attracts butterflies and the sturdy stem makes them a great landing pad. Armeria are deer resistant, drought tolerant, and seaside/salt tolerant. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.
A. maritima "Morning Star Deep Rose"
The Sunset Western Garden zones are A2, A3; 1-9, 14-24.
We are currently selling A. maritima “Morning Star Deep Rose” in 4.5" rounds and 6-packs, "Morning Star White" in 4.5” rounds, and A. pseudarmeria “Ballerina Red” in 4.5” rounds.