Sea pink, also known as Armeria maritime and sea thrift, is an evergreen perennial that is found in northern Europe and around the Mediterranean. Sea pink grows in little grassy mounds 2 to 5 inches tall. The flower heads sprout from 6 to 12 inches with rounded blossoms in white, pink or near red. A hardy flower that tolerates poor soil and droughts, sea pink needs to be protected from diseases and rot.
Prepare the planting site for sea pink. They need full sun all day. They grow well in any type of soil as long as it is very well drained. Incorporate sharp sand to improve the drainage.
Protect the sea pink from rot, which is caused from soil that is too heavy, poorly drained or over-watered. Allow the soil to dry out between watering.
Watch for fungus developing on sea pink. Humid weather or areas that are sheltered can cause the flower to develop rust or mildew. Remove the affected parts and spray the plant with a fungicide.
About this Author
After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.