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Armeria maritima
sea-pink, thrift

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington, chiefly in the coastal counties; Alaska to California, east across Canada to northeastern North America; Greenland and Europe.

Habitat: Along beaches, coastal bluffs and balds, occasionally inland in prairies.

Flowers: March-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, wasps


Scapose, perennial herbs, the 1-several scapes glabrous, 1-5 dm. tall.


Leaves all basal, in dense tufts, narrowly linear, tough and persistent, 5-10 cm. long and 1-3 mm. broad, glabrous to puberulent.


Flowers in dense, head-like clusters subtended by purplish involucral bracts, 1.5-3 cm. broad, terminal on the scapes; flowers in clusters of 3 on short pedicels, subtended by 2 transparent bracts; calyx 5-lobed, funnel-shaped, dry and chaffy, 10-nerved, 5-6 mm. long; corolla 5-lobed nearly to the base, pinkish or purplish; stamens 5, opposite the corolla lobes; styles 5, distinct.


Fruit achene-like.

Accepted Name:
Armeria maritima (Mill.) Willd.
Publication: Enum. Pl. 1: 333. 1809.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Armeria maritima in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Armeria maritima checklist entry

OregonFlora: Armeria maritima information

E-Flora BC: Armeria maritima atlas page

CalPhotos: Armeria maritima photos

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