Splendens Thrift

Armeria maritima 'Splendens'

The dome of blade-like dark green foliage becomes covered with wine-red blooms. Excellent for edging or as a tightly spaced groundcover for mass color. Well suited to rock gardens and dry stream beds. Perfect size for pots and troughs. An herbaceous perennial.
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Botanical Pronunciationar-MER-ee-uh ma-RIH-tih-muh SPLEN-denz
LoreThese 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.
Average Size at MaturityFoliage reaches 6 in. tall, up to 12 in. wide; blooms to 12 in. tall.
Bloom TimeSpring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Green Roof, Edging, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
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').

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-9

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