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Armeria maritima
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: West of the Cascades in Washington, chiefly along the coast; Alaska south to California, also Newfoundland and Europe.

Habitat: Along beaches and coastal bluffs, occasionally inland.

Flowers: March-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


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)
ssp. californica    West of the Cascades in Washington, chiefly along the coast; Vancouver Island, British Columbia south to California.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Armeria maritima checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Armeria maritima atlas page.

CalPhotos: Armeria maritima photos.

USDA Plants: Armeria maritima information.

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