Drimia maritima
Drimia maritima
Drimia maritima
Drimia maritima
Drimia maritima
Drimia maritima

(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots.)

Native to the Mediterranean coastal regions, Drimia maritima is the giant among all Mediterranean geophytes. It is found in open spaces in sandy or gravely soil and on limestone cliffs, often under very harsh conditions, with the bulbs totally above the ground. It grows close to the sea or by far more commonly inland than on the sea, at an elevation range of 0-600 meters. The bulb resist to the occasional fires common in the Mediterranean area, and fires don't harm them at all. It is a winter active perennial bulb and the plant is not fragrant even in the flowers.

Common Names: Crusader Spear, Sea Squill, White Squill, Red Squill

Bulb: Pyriform with several layers of papery tunics that protect the bulbs from the sun. The bulbs split dichotomously from the apex rather than forming basal offsets and in time they grow to massive clumps up to 20 heads, each one from 12 to 20cm in diameter and weigh 2 to 3,5 kg. The form with brown reddish outer tunics, is sometime referred as var. rubra and gets to be a bigger size. The other form has whitish outer tunics and is referred as var. alba. The big bulbs can last for dozen of years.
Leaves: Broadly sword-shaped, erect, coriaceous, slightly succulent, dark green with a bluish waxy bloom that can get up to 35cm long by 10cm wide. The leaf canopy will reach about 60-90cm tall by 60-90cm across. They are basal and emerge in autumn and last till in spring.
Flower: The inflorescence (a long spike) will shoot up in August or September while the plant is leafless. There is only one inflorescence, not branched for bulb, it can reach 1-1,8 meters tall and is covered with con 50-100, small, star-shaped, white flowers each 1 to 1.5 cm across in the upper one-half. (but some individuals have white flowers with a distinct pink midrib on the tepals and in extreme cases the flowers are all pinkish)
Roots: The root system is extensive. The roots are few and quite succulent.
Cultivation and Propagation: Easy to grown in a dry and sunny position or under a deciduous tree so the plants will receive winter sun, it can be grown in the ground (in warm climate) or in a decorative pot. The bulbs are winter active and summer dormant, so they should be given supplemental water in the winter, but none in the summer. The bulbs can be planted lifted to expose the top one half. When planting in the ground allow ample room for the bulbs to divide and multiply. Plant in a porous soil with good drainage.
The foliage is hardy to at least 3° C, while the bulb itself can tolerate lower temperatures.

Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

Drimia maritima


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