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ARMERIA maritima 'Victor Reiter'

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Yoder Brothers

Family

Plumbaginaceae

Botanical Name

ARMERIA maritima 'Victor Reiter'

Plant Common Name

Sea Pink, Sea Thrift, Victor Reiter Sea Thrift

General Description

A compact, bristling tuft of short, narrow leaves, ‘Victor Reiter’ is a selection of sea thrift with light pink flowers. 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, short stems rise from the clump in profusion and bloom at their tips with a cluster of small, crowded, 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 its native region, sea thrift is found in full sun on very well-drained soil. In wet conditions it will rot. With well-drained soil, it needs some moisture. Its tolerance for alkaline soils makes it a good plant for sites underlain by limestone. Grow ‘Victor Reiter’ 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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Mediterranean, Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Bedding Plant, Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No