Species

Armeria maritima

Authority

Armeria maritima (Mill.) Willd.

Family

Plumbaginaceae

Brief Description

Thrift is one of the leadworts in the Plumbaginaceae family of plants (see Introduction to the Plumbaginaceae below). It has pink flowers and is sometimes referred to as sea pink.

Species Category

Flora - Vascular - Native

Distribution

Widespread on the coast of Mull and on mountains in the central massif. The plant is found in the wild in coastal areas throughout the Northern Hemisphere (especially Europe), but also in parts of South America.

Habitat

According to Jermy & Crabbe (1978) it is found on coastal rocks and cliff ledges, on silt at middle saltmarsh levels, and in montane habitats in crevices, on ledges and in screes.

Flower Colours

Pink

I Didn't know That

The British threepence coin issued between 1937 and 1952 had a design of thrift on the reverse.

ORIGIN OF RECORD

Recorded by Jermy & Crabbe (1978).

References and further reading

Jermy, A.C and Crabbe, J.A. (Ed.) 1978. The Island of Mull: A survey of its Flora and Environment. London. British Museum (Natural History).

Introduction to the Plumbaginaceae - The Leadworts. University of California, Museum of Paleontology.

This page last updated on 12 May 2015