Armeria pseudarmeria 'Ballerina Red'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: Ballerina Series
Common Name: Thrift
Common Name (Alternative): False Sea Pink

In Armeria comparison trials conducted at Walters Gardens, Inc., the Armeria Ballerina Series was a clear winner.  This rose red seed selection turned in an excellent garden performance, blooming heaviest from mid through late spring and then sporadically reblooming through the summer months.  False Sea Thrift often reblooms when deadheaded. 

Compared to A. maritima, this species has broader evergreen leaves, stiffer flower stems, and larger 1” round flower clusters.  The Ballerina Series includes compact, uniform varieties that are notably taller than ‘Bloodstone’, standing 12-14” in full bloom.

Introducer: Kieft-Pro Seeds

Origin: Not Native to North America


  12-14 Inches
  12-16 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden


Border plants
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow


  Fleuroselect Gold Medal 2009

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Armeria is easy to grow in average, moist but well-drained soil and partial to full sun.  It is tolerant of heat and salt once established. Light to moderate fertilizer is beneficial.  This plant is said to be reliably hardy to zone 6, with some overwintering success in zone 5.  In our zone 5b trials with reliable snow cover, all plants overwintered successfully.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.