Perennial Flower Information
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Armeria - Sea
Pink, Thrift, Cliff Rose
Pink is a low growing plant which derived its name from
the fact that it grows along the seashore and is pink
in color. There are other colors, such as red, deep
rosy pink, lilac and white. It grows in dense, low clumps
with numerous, narrow, grass-like leaves, all clustered
at the base, from which spring the flowers on stiff,
wiry stems from 6 inches to 12 inches high. The Sea
Pink (Armeria maritima) is the common form. A.
Laucheana has crimson flowers while A. cephalotes
alba has snowy white flowers. They flower more or
less continuously from early Spring until late in Fall.
The Sea Pinks are invaluable when planted in clumps
or for edging. They are also used for pot plants and
in the rock garden.
They need a free, well-drained, sandy loam and leaf
The more choice varieties are increased by dividing
the roots and a good sized plant will furnish hundreds
of small divisions. They produce seed and will grow
readily from seeds. If the seeds are planted in the
Fall, they should be kept in the coldframe and removed
to the open ground just as soon as it is in a workable
condition. This will enable the plants to get well established
before the hot weather arrives.