With its knob of pink flowers erecting from the top of a green stem, thrift looks nothing like the abundant purple flower head of the sea lavender. Nevertheless, both species fall under the leadwort family. Thrift, also called sea pink, flowers for a long period of time, from May till late summer. When it's not flowering, you hardly take note of the plant, since its thin leaves form a flat rosette on the ground. It is a salt-tolerant plant found in salt marshes together with sea lavender. However it is not limited to salty areas. You also find it on the typical grass walls (tuinwallen) on Texel. Cultivated forms of thrift are popular garden plants and as dried flowers.