Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate growth to 6 inches, 12 inches in bloom, spreading to a foot wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Spring Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring, remove old flowers for rebloom
Botanical Pronunciation:ar-ME-ree-a ma-RI-ti-ma
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 24, 33 - 43
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate growth to 6 inches, 12 inches in bloom, spreading to a foot wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring, remove old flowers for rebloom
Flower color:Red
Design IdeasLittle thrift is remarkably versatile offering a perfect perennial for pots and troughs. Plant in masses for a "lawn" that blooms. Nestles around rocks and dry stream beds for naturalistic looks. Makes a prim edging for smaller city gardens and to neaten up the front of a perennial border. Use to fill in gaps around the edges of pools and water gardens.
Companion PlantsGrow thrift with other small stature beauties such as Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox, (Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue'), Blue Clips Carpathian Harebell, (Campanula carpatica 'Deep Blue Clips'), May Night Sage, (Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night') and Thumbelina Leight English Lavender, (Lavandula angustifolia 'Thumbelina Leigh').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
The species name attests to its origin as a maritime coastal plant native to Europe. In the famous 17th century herbal, John Parkinson explains that it was a valuable ornamental plant for knot garden. Early cultivars of the species result from the crossing with A. setacea and the larger A. alliacea.
Lore:
These plants survive on the wild rocky cliffs and salt marshes of the coast where they prove quite tolerant of high salt and copper concentrations in the soils.