Dear PBS members, I am sorry to come back to a subject of 3 weeks ago, but we are just back from travelling. I would rather say that Pancratium maritimum is tolerant to sea spray. Also the maritme influence permits the plant to keep its leaves during cold winter periods. We grow sucessflly important quantities of this species about 50 km from the mediterranean sea. A few observations: deep planting (15-20cm -6-8") allows the roots to be moist during the dry summers and the plant may remain evergreen during the summer. The main reason that P maritimum is found on the seashore is that the seeds floats very well and are therefore spread all along the beaches. It thrives well there as very often the wind blows sand on top of the bulbs to a great depth. But we have a good clump of the species in a bone dry rockery for at least 10 years. Consistently this clump looses its leaves and flowers abundantly the end of August. (See the picture in http://bulbargence.com/m_catalogue/article.php/…) Kind greetings Lauw de Jager (South of France) http://www.bulbargence.com/ -----Original Message----- As the name says maritimum it grows les as 200 meter from the seashore in dune-sand about 25 / 35 cm deep and therefore a few times a year a spray with seawater otherwise they don'tflower drainage is very important bulbs are not hardy at all email@example.com > Last fall I planted five bulbs of Pancratium maritimum from a commercial > source in one of my cold frames. These bulbs were not exactly planted in > the > usual sense. I simply put the bulbs on the surface of the cold frame soil > with the bases of the bulbs slightly buried. Most of the bulb is exposed. > The bulbs rooted quickly but have otherwise shown no sign of life (i.e. no > foliage). I'll report on their progress or lack of progress later this > year.