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Care of the plant Urginea maritima or Sea squill.

Care of the plant Urginea maritima or Sea squill

The genus Urginea, family Asparagaceae, comprises 50 species of bulbous plants native to Europe, Africa and India. Some species are: Urginea maritima, Urginea undulata.

Common names: Sea squill, Crusader Spear, White Squill, Sea onion, Maritime squill, Red squill. This species is native to the Mediterranean region.

They are bulbous herbaceous plants that reach 1.5 meters in height; the mik bulb 15 cm in diameter. The lanceolate leaves are alternate, sprout in spring and are grouped in a rosette without a petiole. In summer the leaves die and the flowers appear in long branches without branches. In the scapes there are more than 50 white flowers that turn into capsule-shaped fruits; after flowering the bulb can be stored or buried (do not water).

These very easy-to-grow and low-maintenance plants are used to form clumps of bulbous and rockery.

They have medicinal properties: for diuretic, digestive, circulatory problems and for insect bites, chilblains and warts.

The Urginea maritima needs full sun or semi-shade exposure.

They are very rustic plants that can grow in any type of soil.

Water moderately waiting for the substrate to dry; they resist periods of drought.

They do not need fertilizers.

They are sensitive plants to excess of irrigation.

They are propagated by seeds but take 5 years to flower. The bulbs should be stored in a dry place and planted in autumn.

Images of the plant Urginea maritima or Sea squill

Urginea maritima
Urginea maritima
Urginea maritima
Urginea maritima
Urginea maritima
Urginea undulata
Urginea undulata
 

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