Come! Ms. Dunlap will give two talks at the CNPS Conservation Conference Feb. 1-3 in LA!

One regarding a database of 3,700 nectar plants (& how to collect images to benefit pollinators), and the other regarding
a prototypical key incorporating a novel plant identification system that produced an order of magnitude improvement.

Armeria alpina

Family: Phimbaginaceae

Common names: SEA PINK, THRIFT

Native to: Mountains Of Southern And Central Europe

Sentiment: sympathy


Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, dense form, erect, mounding, rosette, tufted

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 1 foot

Max width: 1.75 feet


pink, violet




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: sun

Landscape use: container

Propagates by: cutting, seed

flowers in summer

Soil type: loam

USDA Zones: zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f

Temp. range: +20 to +40 °F

Water: drought tolerant, dry, moderate

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Armeria alpina, a member of the Phimbaginaceae family, is a petite perennial also called SEA PINK or THRIFT. SEA PINK is drought tolerant, grows to a foot tall in Zones 7-10, and gets a bit taller when in bloom. It can grow in containers.

Pontia protodice, Checkered White, feeds on Armeria.

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Container plants that attract adult butterflies - perennial

This plant is one of 186 perennials suitable to grow in a container that will attract adult butterflies. 38 of these plants attract birds and 67 attract specific butterfly species. They can be found in every height range – from tiny to large – from less than a foot high to over 10 feet tall. 19 of these plants are drought tolerant, more than 80 are available for dry or moderate watering conditions. 29 are deciduous, while 71 are evergreen. Some can grow in Zone 2, while the others grow in Zones 3-11. 178 perennial plants that attract butterflies and can be grown in containers in Zone 9. 77 can be used as cut flowers. They come in any one of the available flower colors.

We have found that, when given a choice, butterflies and bees frequent named species more often than cultivars. You may want to keep this in mind when you select plants for your garden if your goal is to attract and support these insects.

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