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James H. Schutte
ARMERIA maritima 'Cotton Tail'
Cotton Tail Sea Thrift, Sea Pink, Sea Thrift
A low mounded clump of narrow leaves, ‘Cotton Tail’ is a white-flowered selection of sea thrift, an evergreen species native to Europe and the Mediterranean region as fast east as Turkey. In early spring, upright and arching stems rise from the clump in profusion and bloom at their tips with a pompom of small white flowers that last almost to summer. It is a charming, extravagant show for a small plant and can be prolonged to summer by deadheading.
In its native region, sea thrift is often found in full sun on very well-drained soil. In wet conditions it will rot, but nonetheless needs some moisture. Its tolerance for alkaline soils makes it a good plant for sites underlain by limestone. Grow ‘Cotton Tail’ on well-drained soil, in containers with good drainage, in troughs, and on elevated sloping ground too poor for other perennials. The leaves may look weatherbeaten after a year. If so, cut them back annually to renew the clump
9 - 1
3 - 9
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm
8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Europe, Russia/Siberia, Eastern Asia
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Crimson, Dark Red
Green, Sea Green
Alpine, Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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