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URGINEA MARITIMA SEA SQUILL

URGINEA MARITIMA SEA SQUILL BULBS DOZENS OF WHITE FLOWERS(50-250) ALONG ITS LENGTH IN A ELONGATED SPIKE HARDY SPRING PERENNIAL
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URGINEA MARITIMA


 
CATEGORY

SEA SQUILL

BLOOMS LATE AUTUMN
HEIGHT UP TO 200CM






 


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

“Urginea Maritima” Is A Plant That Stands Out In The Landscape. It Is A Giant Among All Mediterranean Geophytes (Underground Storage Organs) In Spite Of The Specific Name This Species Is Far More Common Inland Than On The Sea. Native To The Mediterranean Coastal Regions, Where It Grows In Sand And Gravel Often Under Very Harsh Conditions. The Sea Squill Is Easily Grown In A Dry And Sunny Location.

The Annual Course Of The Sea Squill’s Life Is Divided Into Two Separate Seasons. In November It Grows Leaves And The Vegetative Stage Of The Plant’s Life Begins, Which Continues Through The Winter And Early Spring. In April The Leaves Wilt And All The Above-Ground Parts Of The Plant Die. At The End Of The Summer The Infloescence Stalk Begins To Grow And The Generative Stage Begins For Several Weeks, After Which The Sea Squill Again Has No Live Above-Ground Parts.

The Inflorescence Stalk Is Tall (70-180cms) Single And Not Branched, With Dozens Of Flowers (50-250) Arranged Along Its Length, On Short Pedicels In An Elongated Spike. Blooming Begins From The Bottom Up To Expose The Tightly Clustered Pink-Tinged White Flower Buds To Expose The Star-Shaped White Flowers With Yellow Centres That Produce Bird And Bee Attracting Nectar. The Tip Of The Inflorescence Is Crowned With Reddish-Purple Hairs. Every Day Another Group Of About 30 Flowers Opens Above The Previous Ones And The Flowers That Opened The Day Before Will Wilt.

The Bulbs Split Dichotomously (Divide Into 2 Parts) From The Apex Rather Than Forming Basal Offsets And In Time They Grow To Massive Clumps Up To 20 Heads, Each One Reaching Up To 30cm In Diameter. Leaves Are Dull Green With A Bluish Waxy Bloom And Are A Towering Presence In Winter, Above Seasonal Short Grasses.

The Sea Squill Is Easily Grown In A Dry Sunny Position. In Well Drained Soil. Plant The Bulb Either In The Ground Or In A Large Pot, But Only Partially Cover The Bulb. Mulch Well In The Winter Months To Keep Away Very Hard Frosts

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