• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage reaches 6 in. tall, up to 12 in. wide; blooms to 12 in. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Spring Flowering
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ar-ME-ree-a ma-RI-ti-ma
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 24, 33 - 43
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage reaches 6 in. tall, up to 12 in. wide; blooms to 12 in. tall.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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
    Care Information
    Thrives in well-drained, loamy to sandy soils; shelter from harsh afternoon sun in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, tolerates mild drought. Avoid excessive winter moisture. Feed regularly throughout growing season. Remove spent flowers to promote repeat bloom.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.