Enum. Pl. 1: 333. 1809

Common names: Thrift
Etymology: Celtic ar mor, at seaside, alluding to habitat
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 5. Treatment on page 603. Mentioned on page 602.
Plants herbs, perennial, scapose, acaulescent; taprooted, rootstocks branched, woody. Leaves in basal rosettes, sessile; blade linear to linear-spatulate [lanceolate], narrowed or straight to base, margins entire. Scapes glabrous or densely pubescent, sometimes rugose, enclosed by tubular leafless sheath at apex. Inflorescences solitary, apical, dense hemispheric heads of scorpioid cymes, each surrounded by involucre of scarious bracts. Pedicels absent or present (short). Flowers monomorphic or dimorphic (in pollen and stigma characteristics); calyx 10-ribbed, funnel-shaped; tube usually pubescent on ribs only or all around, rarely glabrous, limbs membranaceous, awned or not; petals slightly connate basally, white to deep purple; filaments adnate to base of corolla; anthers included; styles 5, free, hairy proximally; stigmas linear, papillate or smooth. Fruits dry, enclosed in persistent calyces, dehiscing transversely. x = 9.


North America, s South America, Europe, w Asia (n Siberia), n Africa.


Species ca. 50 (1 in the flora).

Armeria is known to be taxonomically difficult. Species concepts vary among authors. About 50 species can be recognized according to A. R. Pinto da Silva (1972).

Lower Taxa

Facts about "Armeria"
AuthorClaude Lefèbvre + and Xavier Vekemans +
AuthorityWilldenow +
Common nameThrift +
DistributionNorth America +, s South America +, Europe +, w Asia (n Siberia) + and n Africa. +
EtymologyCeltic ar mor, at seaside, alluding to habitat +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorJohn Myers +
Publication titleEnum. Pl. +
Publication year1809 +
Referencebernis1952a +, lawrence1940a +, lawrence1947a +, lefebvre1974a + and lefebvre1995a +
Source xml grained fna xml/V5/V5 1227.xml +
Taxon familyPlumbaginaceae +
Taxon nameArmeria +
Taxon parentPlumbaginaceae +
Taxon rankgenus +
VolumeVolume 5 +