Armeria maritima


Cushion-like bunches of the rounded, pink flowers of Thrift are a common sight on coastal cliffs, shingle beaches and sand dunes around the UK, as well as on inland marshes. Thrift is a perennial and flowers mainly from April to July, but can hang on until early autumn. It is also commonly known as 'Sea-pink' and 'Cliff Clover' and makes an excellent garden plant for well-drained, sandy soils, providing nectar for a range of insects.

How to identify

The rounded, pink, clover-like flowers of Thrift appear on long stems above springy cushions of foliage.

Where to find it

Found all around the coast in the UK.


When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts look after many coastal habitats for the benefit of plants like Thrift, and are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Armeria maritima
Height: up to 20cm
Conservation status