Urginea maritima

Angelo Porcelli ang.por@aliceposta.it
Tue, 08 Jun 2004 13:00:08 PDT
Dear Paul & Jim,

Urginea maritima, in spite of the specific name with means "from the sea"
grows usually inland where lows of -5-8°C are normal every winter, as well
as short but regular snowfalls, with snow that can melt after some days and
these don't cause any damage at all. It grows also on the sea and it is
likely these populations are more frost tender.
The inland form developes huge bulbs, up to 30cm  usually with few offstes
and this is probably the strain Lauw De Jager lists as 'red squill' in his
site, referring to a form with reddish tunics and larger bulbs.
I was also surprised to read in T.Howard's book that this species needs
frost protection in Texas, considering that in the Mediterranean climate
frosts occour during the moist months.

best regards
Angelo Porcelli

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