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Armerias are tough, easy to grow, compact perennials which forms tufts of narrow, stiff evergreen leaves. Armeria plants are topped with bright, globular, clover-like flower heads on long stems in spring and early summer. Sturdy and dependable, they are ideal perennial flowers for edging borders or walks, and are great in containers. Armeria plants are first year flowering perennials.
'Laucheana' Armeria is a compact, 6-8 inch tall perennial which produces striking bright rose flowers. Salt tolerant, it is a popular plant for seaside landscapes. Winter hardy to zone 4. Combines beautifully with 'Blue Select' Fescue.
'Formosa Hybrids' Armeria is a beautiful blend of pink, rose, coral, lilac and red flowers. Their long stems make them excellent cut flowers. Plants grow 18-24 inches tall, tolerate salt and are popular in seaside landscapes. Winter hardy to zone 4.
Soak Armeria seeds for 6 hours in warm water prior to sowing. Then sow in cell packs or flats, press into soil and lightly cover. Kept at 70° F., germination averages 25 days. Transplant into the garden 12-18 inches apart. See Starting Your Seeds for more information.
Comments: Full sun. Armeria plants tolerate drought, heat, salt, and poor, sandy soil. Native to coastal regions, will thrive in seaside landscapes. Armeria requires few nutrients and little moisture. Do not amend soil with organic material, do not fertilize, Armeria plants will tolerate regular water when drainage is good. Prefers little to moderate water once established. Shear old blooms to extend flowering. If bare centers appear, rejuvenate Armeria plants by division in spring. Flowers attract butterflies. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant. Armeria is a first year flowering perennial.