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Bloodstone Sea Thrift
Armeria maritima 'Bloodstone'
Bloodstone Sea Thrift flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Plant Height: 6 inches
Flower Height: 10 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Sea Pink
Lovely bright pink flowers on wiry stems, projecting from unique tufs of silvery-green needle-like foliage; drought tolerance makes this an excellent addition to rock gardens and xeriscapes
Bloodstone Sea Thrift has masses of beautiful balls of fuchsia flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its tiny grassy leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Bloodstone Sea Thrift is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Bloodstone Sea Thrift is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Bloodstone Sea Thrift will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 10 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Bloodstone Sea Thrift is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.