Common Name: Thrift, False Sea Pink Armeria P.Ballerina Red

Height: 12.0-14.0 Inches

Spread: 12.0-16.0 Inches

Hardiness Zones: (5),6,7,8,9

Flower Color: Red shades

Foliage Color: Green shades

Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) or Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

Water Requirements: Average Water Needs or Consistent Water Needs

Soil Quality: Average Soil Quality

Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)

Bloomtime: Mid Spring or Late Spring

Attracts Wings: Bee Friendly

Seasonal Interest: Evergreen

Growth Rate: Medium

Garden Style: Patio Container, Cottage, Eclectic, Modern, Rock Garden

Other Features: Border Plant, Container, Easy To Grow, Edging, Mass Planting, Salt Tolerant

Origin: Not Native to North America


In Armeria comparison trials conducted at Walters Gardens, Inc., the Armeria Ballerina Series was a clear winner.  This rose red seed selection turned in an excellent garden performance, blooming heaviest from mid through late spring and then sporadically reblooming through the summer months.  False Sea Thrift often reblooms when deadheaded. 

Compared to A. maritima, this species has broader evergreen leaves, stiffer flower stems, and larger 1” round flower clusters.  The Ballerina Series includes compact, uniform varieties that are notably taller than ‘Bloodstone’, standing 12-14” in full bloom.


Gardening Tips:

Armeria is easy to grow in average, moist but well-drained soil and partial to full sun.  It is tolerant of heat and salt once established. Light to moderate fertilizer is beneficial.  This plant is said to be reliably hardy to zone 6, with some overwintering success in zone 5.  In our zone 5b trials with reliable snow cover, all plants overwintered successfully.