Armeria maritima (Mill.) Willd.


Herb to 20-30 cm tall. Leaves flat, linear, rarely narrowly spoon-shaped, blunt with narrow, papery edges. Sheath below flower head mostly 1-2(-3) cm long. Flower heads 1-3 cm wide. Floral bracts pointed and with papery edges. Sepals 5-10 mm long, tube soft-hairy, occasionally only on the ribs, tipped with bristles to 1 mm long; spring to summer.

Eurasia, N America

This species is extremely variable with several cultivars, mostly pink or white.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Plumbaginaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Armeria maritima 'Alba'

Flowers white.

Armeria maritima 'Corsica'

Flowers orange-red. [A. corsica hort. is a name of no botanical standing]

Armeria maritima 'Dusseldorfer Stolz'

Flowers bright cerise.

Sometimes offered as a cultivar of A. leucocephala Koch ['Dusseldorf Pride']

Armeria maritima 'Variegata'

Leaves variegated with yellow.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Plumbaginaceae
genus        Armeria Willd.