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Author of this page: Panos & Stavros.

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Along the black Sea in Georgia by Ori Fragman-Sapir.

Author: Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Family:  AMARYLLIDACEAE
Origin:  Albania, Algeria, Baleares, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Corse, Cyprus, East Aegean Islands, Egypt, France, Greece, Illinois, Italy, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Morocco, North Caucasus, Palestine, Portugal, Sardegna, Sicilia, Sinai, Spain, Tennessee, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Yugoslavia
Soil:  Sandy Soil
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Maximum
Thickness:  4 Centimetres
Height:  45 Centimetres
Flower:  White
Propagate:  Seeds/Bulbs
Names:  Greek: Krinos tis Thalassas. Sea Daffodil, Sea Lily, Sea Pancratium Lily, Sand Lily, Lys de Mer, Giglio di Mare, Narciso das Areias, Pancracio, Strandlilie, Meermachtblume, Meernarzisse
Synonyms:  Hymenocallis caroliniana, Herb.
Hymenocallis lacera,
Salisb.
Hymenocallis maritima,
M.Roem.
Hymenocallis ruizii,
M.Roem.
Pancratium abchasicum,
Regel.
Pancratium aegyptiacum,
M.Roem.
Pancratium angustifolium,
Lojac.
Pancratium angustifolium,
M.Roem..
Pancratium barcinonense,
Sennen
Pancratium carolinianum,
L.
Pancratium linosae,
Soldano & F.Conti.
Pancratium mirennae,
Mattei.
Scilla parva,
Garsault.

This member of the Amaryllidaceae family was described by Carl von Linaeus in 1753. It is found all around the Mediterranean, growing in sand in costal areas with some water in the spring, but none in summer and lots of sun. The bulbs grows to four centimetres in diameter, the plant to 45 centimetres height. The flowers are white.

Pancratium maritimum: A much-loved decorative motif of Minoan art.

Pancratium: From the Greek pankratos, meaning 'strength'. "maritimum" means 'from costal areas indeed'.


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Panos & Stavros.