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ARMERIA maritima 'Rubrifolia'
Red-leaved Sea Thrift, Sea Pink, Sea Thrift
A low clump of narrow leaves, ‘Rubrifolia’ is a pink-flowered selection of sea thrift with fall color. It is descended from an evergreen species native to Europe and the Mediterranean region as fast east as Turkey, clues to its preferences. In early spring upright and arching stems rise from the clump in profusion and bloom at their tips with a pompom of small pink 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 autumn the leaves of this cultivar turn dark red and persist through winter.
In its native region, sea thrift is 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 ‘Rubrifolia’ 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
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Alpine, Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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