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Pancratium maritimum or sea daffodil /Azucena o lirio de mar

Pancratium maritimum


It is a species of bulbous plant native to the Mediterranean region and south-western Europe. It grows on coastal sands. The plant is pollinated by a hawk-moth named Agrius convolvuli. These insects visit the flower when the speed of the wind is under 2 m/s. When it's higher than that the moths does not visit the Pancratium. Easily grown but requires a very sunny position and a very well drained, sandy soil. Needs hot summers to induce flowering.


La Manga del Mar menor, Cartagena (Spain).


Other vernacular names are Sand Daffodil, Sand Lily and the Lily of St. Nicholas. The Latin maritimum means "of the seashore".

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marta vázquez
marta vázquez 9 years ago

Thanks for your words, Craig.

craigwilliams 9 years ago

Cool! Thanks Kristal.

craigwilliams 9 years ago

Very informative, thanks Marta. Especially nice to know what pollinates it. I wonder if there is one on PN to link to?

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Spotted on Oct 12, 2011
Submitted on Oct 12, 2011

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