Thrift - Armeria maritima - Western Isles Wildflowers

Thrift   - Western Isles Wildflowers

Thrift - Pink Wildflowers Hebrides
Thrift is a perennial wildflower with small, thin, dark green leaves and small, pink, starry flowers.

This cushion-forming perennial can be seen all over The Western Isles during the summer with dense tufts of papery, pink flowers and grass-like grey-green leaves


Thrift - Flowers - Native Wildflowers
Thrift is a perennial wildflower, native to The Western Isles. It has small, thin, dark green leaves and small, pink, starry flowers.

Grasslike Leaves

The leaves are grass-like, basal and deep green. The leaves have just a single vein, and often have hairs along the edges; they arise from a visible woody rootstock, which forms the cushions.

Name derivation
The plant 's name 'thrift' possibly came about as with its compact shape it serves to conserve the plant's water supply.

Cushion Forming Perennial - Thrift
This cushion-forming perennial can be seen all over The Western Isles during the summer with dense tufts of papery, pink flowers and grass-like grey-green leaves.

Individual Pink Flowers

The little individual pink flowers are borne in dense, roundish heads 15-25mm across, on slender, leafless stalks.

Purple - White - Red - or Pink Flowers
Sometimes purple, white or red flowers can occur - although usually the tiny flowers are pink.

Five Petals
The flowers have five petals, and occur in groups at the top of a flower spike, which is surrounded by the narrow leaves.

Likes Dry Sandy Conditions
It can grow in dry, sandy, saline conditions such as those at beaches and salt marshes



Antibiotic - Medicinal Uses

The dried flowering plant is antibiotic and has been used in the treatment of obesity. Also use to treat some nervous disorders and urinary infections.

Copper Tolerance
Armeria maritima has a great copper-tolerance, and is able to grow in soils with copper concentrations of up to 6400 mg/kg. One mechanism proposed is that not much copper is transported up the shoot of the plant, and is excreted from decaying leaves.

The Thrift buds are tightly packed into the ground and Its only when you photograph then that you see how pretty they really are



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Pollination
The thrift flowers are hermaphrodite - that is to say that they have both male and female organs.

They are pollinated by Bees, Butterflies, Moths, beetles and therefore it attracts a great deal of wildlife.



Thrift Family
This is a native plant and belongs to the family Plumbaginaceae.

Other Names
Also known as Sea Pink,Sea thrift 'Nifty Thrifty, Cliff Clover, Ladies' Cushions, Heugh daisy


Pink Wildflowers Western Isles Thrift
PInk Wildflowers - Hebrides -Thrift

Thrift On British Coins
The British threepence coin or threepenny bit issued between 1937 and 1953 had a design of thrift on the reverse. For those of us who can remember these coins, they were quite different to other coins with their jagged edges and the lovely gold colouring!

Seaside Plant
Thrift is probably the best known seaside plant of Scotland and the UK


Gaelic Name for Thrift

In Gaelic it is known as tonna chladaich, meaning ‘beach wave’

Wildflowers - Hebrides Thrift
Thrift Buds at Butt of Lewis
Thrift on a threepenny bit coin
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