The maritime armory is a perennial herbaceous plant native to Europe. It forms dense cushions of linear leaves, rigid, similar to grass, slightly decombant, 25-30 cm wide and 10-15 cm high. Throughout the spring, until late summer it produces numerous small umbrellas of tubular, pink or white flowers, which bloom at the apex of long greyish, rigid and fleshy stems, 25-30 cm long. This plant is widely used for borders or in rocky gardens, more rarely as a ground cover for small areas, since the tufts of leaves develop very slowly.
One of the best features of this plant is the rusticity; well withstanding both dry and hot summers and harsh winters, the armory is a plant that has spread almost everywhere.
It is an evergreen plant ideal for areas that are difficult to reach with watering and for "distracted" owners who have had little success with the more delicate species.
The maritime armory prefers very sunny positions, but develops without problems even in partial shade. He does not fear the cold or even the winter winds, as already said, and is therefore an ideal plant for all positions. It also bears the salty winds without problems, in fact it grows spontaneously in Iceland and on the Mediterranean coasts.
Having no problems even with regard to the topsoil, armory plants develop almost everywhere, even in areas with poor substrate, such as rocks, and for this reason they are ideal plants for rock gardens.
The armory needs little water, which however must be supplied regularly, let us remember to avoid as much as possible excess water and above all to avoid prolonged water stagnation. This plant tolerates very short periods of drought without problems, which can, however, cause the leaves to turn almost completely yellow. From March to October it is advisable to provide fertilizer for green plants dissolved in the water of the watering every 10-15 days.
These fertilizations will help the plants in the growth phase and in the vegetative phase, avoiding yellowing or deterioration due to the lack of nutrients.
This plant likes loose, rich, sandy, very well drained soils; avoid places subject to water stagnation that quickly cause the death of the plant and the clayey soils that can cause some problems to the plant.
If we decide to grow the armory in a vase, we look for a good quality soil in a nursery or in a garden center, making sure that it has a good amount of inert material that can improve the percolation of water in the soil and avoid stagnation.
Usually the multiplication of the maritime armory takes place by seed, directly and in the spring; In spring and autumn it is also possible to divide the heads of leaves, taking care to leave a fleshy and well-developed root for each portion, then place them directly.
Maritime armory - Armeria maritima: Pests and diseases
As for diseases, maritime armory plants are hardly hit by pests or fungi. They are rustic plants also with regard to resistance to pathogens.