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Products > Pancratium maritimum
 
Pancratium maritimum - Sand Daffodil
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Amaryllidaceae (Onions)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Pancratium maritimum (Sand Daffodil) - An semi-evergreen bulbous plant related to Narcissus and Galanthus with a large deep bulb with a long neck and glaucous narrow 18 inch long leaves that can remain evergreen with some irrigation but often dying back at least partially in the dry heat of summer. In later summer into fall appear the 5 inch long by 2 to 3 inch wide pure white spiderlily-like flowers with long narrow tubes, flared tepals and funnel-shaped crown held in umbels 3 to 15 atop 16 inch long scapes. The flowers are described as having an exotic fragrance in the evening. Plant in a sandy soil in full sun with little irrigation required but occasional summer water will maintain foliage. Hardy to around 23F. This beautiful flowering bulb is rarely seen in cultivation but has naturalized in our area. It is native to beaches and coastal sand dunes in the Canary Islands and throughout the Mediterranean regions from Portugal and the Balearic Islands east to Turkey and around the Black Sea and the Caucasus and also in Africa and Southwest Asia from Morocco east to Israel and Syria. It has naturalized in Bermuda, the Azores and locally on beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The name for the genus is from the Greek words 'pan' and 'kratos' meaning "all strength", probably referring to the strength of a plant that can tolerate extreme conditions and the specific epithet is the Latin word meaning "near the sea" . Other common names include Sand Daffodil, Sea Lily and Sand Lily. Our plants grown from seed collected by Don Harris on a beach in Ventura, CA.  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Pancratium maritimum.
 
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