False Sea Thrift, Plantain Thrift
Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Series’
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Synonyms of Armeria pseudarmeria (12) (Updated on 12-9-21): Armeria arborea L.H.Bailey, Armeria cephalotes Hoffmanns. & Link, Armeria formosa H.Vilm., Armeria globosa Link ex Boiss., Armeria grandiflora Boiss., Armeria japonica Rippa, Armeria latifolia Willd., Armeria plantaginea Webb, Statice cephalotes Aiton, Statice lusitanica Poir., Statice pseudarmeria Murray, Statice variabilis Salisb.
Armeria pseudarmeria (Murray) Mansf. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Armeria. It was named and described as such by Rudolf Mansfield in Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis in 1939. It was first named and described as Statice pseudarmeria by Johan Andreas Murray in Systema Vegetabilium in 1784.
The genus, Armeria (DC) Willd., was named and described as such by Carl Ludwig Willdenow in Enumeratio Plantarum Horti Regii Botanici Berolinensis in 1809. The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) just lists it as Armeria Willd..
As of 12-9-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew currently lists 98 accepted species in the Armeria genus. It is a member of the plant family Plumbaginaceae with 22 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO.
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Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Red’ is a durable perennial for dry, sunny locations. I first bought this plant in May 2017 from Wagler’s Greenhouse so I don’t have any personal experience to share yet. I did buy seeds from Stokes in the spring of 2012 when I lived In Mississippi but didn’t have much luck growing them. SO, we shall se what happens this time.
According to trials of this plant, this species and cultivar have broader evergreen leaves, broader flower clusters and stiffer flower stems than Armeria maritima.
Type: Perennial with evergreen foliage.
Height: 8-10”, up to 14” in flower
Spacing: 8-10” apart
Bloom Time: Early summer through early fall.
Light: Full sun to mostly sunny
USDA Zones: 6-9
Soil: Normal well, drained soil. Tolerates poor soil.
Uses: Good for rock gardens, border plantings, mixed tubs, and containers.
Armeria pseudarmeria are heat tolerant and does best in poor, dry soil. Spent flowers should be sheared off to keep the plant looking tidy. Deadheading may also encourage reblooming.
This plant can be divided in the spring but they prefer to be left undisturbed. They will be slow to recover after making divisions.
In colder areas, a loose winter mulch may be beneficial for protection.
My sister came down on July 1 and she wanted to go to the 4 local greenhouses to see what she could find. Wagler’s Greenhouse had their plants on sale, so I bought this white-flowered Armeria. I transplanted it into the new shade bed and it is doing OK.
The ‘Ballerina Red’ was doing well until the Conoclinum coelestinum started growing and taking over. I knew I had to move it, but I kept putting it off. Then, when I was going to do it, the plant had died. SO much for the ‘Ballerina Red’ for 2017… I’m not sure what happened with the ‘Ballerina White’. I think I put it in the shade garden but it didn’t last long.
I like this plant, but I have had a lot of difficulty with it. You know what they say, practice makes perfect.
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