BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild June -

Salty sea air is the kiss of death for most plants… but not thrift. This tough-as-nails wild­flower is also a met­al­lo­phyte, mean­ing it can tol­er­ate high lev­els of lead and other heavy met­als. Its flat­tened leaves cre­ate at­trac­tive green cush­ions, which sprout pom­pom-like pink blooms on long, wiry stalks in early sum­mer. Thrift forms car­pets on cliffs, rocky beaches and salt­marshes, es­pe­cially in the north and west, and its ex­treme har­di­ness has made it a pop­u­lar rock­ery plant.

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