Sea Thrift is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in coastal rocky areas and saltmarshes, to a mature height of up to 20cm.
Sea Thrift is commonly grown as a rockery plant in gardens, mimicking its natural habitat on growing on coastal rocks and cliffs. Thrift grows in the wild inland and outside its native habitat as a garden 'escape'.
Botanic classification and naming: Sea Thrift is a member of the Leadwort (Plumbaginaceae) family. The genus name
'Armeria' identifies the plant as a Thrift and its species name 'maritima' means 'coastal plant'.
Concerns: Thrift should never be taken from the wild. Removal of a plant from the wild is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981).
Benefits: Attracts a wide range of insects.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.