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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

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 – sea-pink, thrift    Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington, chiefly in the coastal counties; British Columbia to California.
ssp. maritima – sea-pink, thrift    Occurring in scattered locations west of the Cascades crest in coastal counties in Washington; infrequent from Vancouver Island, British Columbia to Yaquina Head, Oregon.
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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