Frankenia thymifolia description
Miniature pink flowers in summer over evergreen thyme-like foliage.
Often some of the leaves turn from a grey-green to bright red.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for the front of a free draining border, planted among paving slabs, hanging over a wall, in containers or by the patio and is trouble free in well drained soil but be aware that hardiness may be an issue in colder climes and in exposed positions.
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Also known as Frankenia reuteri.
Common name: Sea Heath or Thyme Seaheath.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Can it be used for planting amongst paving?
(That means it doesn’t mind being trodden on sometimes)
Yes, it can fill a largish area at the front of a border.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish, stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Virtually hardy – will generally survive the coldest winters here in East Anglia, UK.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 5 cm.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.