Pancratium maritimum

From the family Amaryllidaceae, the Pancratium is common in coastal areas, and because has a great scent and elegant shape, it can also make a wonderful bouquet of foraged flora.


Dear Lula: It's so incredible to me how your posts need very few words to convey incredible stories. The first image of the Pancratium. I had never seen this plant before, and you have introduced us all to a true beauty! It reminds me of the Daffodils we have here in the springtime, but with an airy elegance. A beautiful plant portrayed in a magical way!
Donna said…
The first photo is so beautiful, it looks like a painting. The last one is dark, moody and emotional. Love it.
Anonymous said…
Lula, these are particularly fine pictures, even for you - so beautiful and atmospheric. Where were they taken?
lula said…
Liz, thank you so much for your kind comment. It is so surprising to see them out in the sand and their scent is hummm!
lula said…
Donne, thank you!
lula said…
Jill, How nice to visit the blog and thank yu for the compliment! the images were taken in the coastal area of Pollen├ža, north east of Majorca. They are protected dunes ecosystems, and one of my favorite parts of the island, very near to Formentor. And Pancratium are one of my favorite bulbs now.
Lovely and ghostly. They look like elegant daffodils which I guess makes sense because they are in the same family.
Noemi said…
Thank you, what great pictures!

Pancratium maritimum is my favourite bulb at all! I love to include it in my designs (I am graduating in Garden Design) and most of all to lie down in the beach where I can look at them and be surrounded by their amazing scent.

However where I come from (Sardinia island, not too far from Majorca) they are a endangered species and their collection is forbidden.

Please, next time you go there check if you are allowed to pick them. I have doubts about it, expecially if it is in a protected dune ecosystem!

If anyone is interested to know something more about this incredible flower (well know in ancient Greece), a friend of mine has just told its story on her blog:

It is in Italian, but you can easily translate it with google translator :)

lula said…
Yes Carolyn, they are my summer daffodils!
lula said…
Thank you Noemi fo visiting my blog. The pancratiums you see here were in the natural landscape, the ones pictured as floral arrangements were from my friend's garden who plants them to help in conservation of endaregerous species. I am aware of the work about conservationism in the Med islands, since I collaborate with the Botanical Garden in S├│ller in that respect. But it's good the reminder about not giving "bad ideas" to others!
Noemi said…
Dear Lula,

Thanks for your reply!
I beg you pardon as I mistakenly supposed that the Pancratium of the vase were the same of the previous pictures.

I also congratulate your friend and you for the precious conservation work! Thanks for your posts and your amazing pictures!
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lula said…
Thank you Noemi for remind me how sensitive these topics are and for visiting my blog
Wonderful final photo!
lula said…
Thank you Cindy
Anonymous said…
Lula, I had never heard of this beautiful plant before. I agree with the comments of others about the exceptional quality of these photos. The soft focus in the first one looks like a watercolor. Wow! -Jean
lula said…
Thank you Jean!