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Thrift at sunset

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Thrift at sunset

The sun sets over the Pacific near Depoe Bay, Oregon, my home for the past year. Sea pink, or thrift (Arenaria maritima) is not native to coastal Oregon, but it isn't especially noxious or invasive. The many varieties of thrift are typically squat, clumpy perennials occurring in coastal areas across the Northern Hemisphere. A. maritima was introduced to the coasts of North America as an ornamental plant that has since become naturalized. Its early-blooming pom-poms of white, pink or reddish-purple flowers are commonly seen among the rocky outcrops along the Oregon coast.

Photographer: Peter Pearsall