Urginea maritima

Johannes Ulrich Urban johannes-ulrich-urban@t-online.de
Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:04:53 PST
Hello Jane,

Interesting that you garden in two VERY different places, I imagine your 
Mexican garden very interesting. I have been to Mexico twice with a long 
time in between the trips and found the country extremely intersting 
botanically and culturally. But I have not been to Yucatan.

However, I think that Urginea maritima will not grow there as it is a 
typical mediterranean bulb with the leaves emerging in late autumn after 
the winter rain has started and drying off in spring when it gets warm 
again. Mediterranean winters are cool, almost frost free and wet. In 
general it is the onset of warm weather that sends the bulb into 
dormancy, so that may be the problem in Yucatan. The bulb will "think" 
that it is summer (dormancy) all the time. It flowers in early autumn 
before the rains start in a leafless state and a large field of flowers 
is an impressive sight indeed. Also impressive are the huge bulbs that 
sometimes are only half buried in the ground and are well visible this way.

Bye for today,


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