The Sea Squill


The Sea Squill
(urginea maritime)

Bulb plant of the Hyacinths or of the Asparagus family, depending on the classification. It is also known as “Sea Onion” or “Red Squill”. The bulb is half buried and produces first, in winter and spring, dark green, wide and pointed leaves that shrivel later. The the flower grows up with a blooming at late summer and autumn. It can reach more...

...than 1 m of height. It flourishes in grape that open from down. Each flower consists in 6 petals, 1 pistil and 6 little stamens. It grows in dry areas of Western Jordan, especially in the lateral wadis. This plant contains scillarine, a strong poison used in the past as a cardiotonic.