6 to 8 in.
6 to 12 in.
mountains and coasts of northern hemisphere
USDA zones 3-9
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Thrift is a small, mounding plant with six-inch tall, grasslike leaves. In early summer, tiny pink blooms emerge from round clusters on stalks waving above the green foliage. Thrift will bloom off and on through September if spent blooms are removed.
Thrift performs best in a sunny, well-drained location in the front of a flower bed, along the edge of a pathway, or in a rock garden. Although this plant is relatively short-lived (3-5 years), it will perform well if deer are not a problem.
This plant has been grown both low and moderate water zones at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It has bloomed well over the years. The plants in the low water zone occasionally wilted, and all of the plants were sometimes damaged by deer.
Cut off spent flower stalks to create a more tidy appearance.