ARMERIA maritima ‘Rubrifolia’

Thrift –

0186 Compact tufts of evergreen, grass-like foliage with sturdy, wiry stems of globe-shaped flowers. Blooms in late spring early summer. Good for rock gardens and borders. Will tolerate drought and salt.

This unusual selection forms a low tufted mound of grassy purple-black leaves, with contrasting magenta-pink pompon flowers for many weeks starting in late spring. Trim off the spent flowers to encourage repeat blooming. Good rock garden or edging plant. Especially nice when planted together with the more common green-leaved selections.

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Thrift
Rubrifolia
Perennial
3
Spring, Summer
Deep Pink
Purple Black
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Yes

4-8″
6-12″

Site Selection
Sea Thrift is one of the easiest perennials to grow. It thrives in full sun and loamy or sandy soils that are well-drained, especially in the winter. Wet soil for extended periods encourages root rot. Thrifts prefer cool temperatures and low humidity. Where summers are hot and humid, it should be grown in part shade.

Care
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.

Companion Plants
Avens – Grassy-looking thrift pairs well against aven’s fuzzy leaves and big, bold flowers.
Iris – The swordlike spears of iris mimic the grassy effect of thrift foliage. Peak bloom of thrift coincides with iris season.
Catmint – The silvery foliage and clear blue blooms of catmint pair beautifully with thrift. Both produce their first flush of blooms at the same time in spring and continue the colorful show throughout the summer.

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