Additional notes (click to expand)


Traditional Herbal Medicine Registration (THMR).

The dried bulb is cardiotonic, strongly diuretic, emetic and expectorant. Please beware; this is a poisonous plant.


A synonym of Drimia maritima, ASPARAGACEAE
Plants of the World online, Kew Science link


The bulb is poisonous in large doses. The acrid juice can cause skin blisters.

Geographical distribution

  • Africa, Macaronesia, Canary Is.
  • Africa, Northern Africa, Algeria
  • Africa, Northern Africa, Egypt
  • Africa, Northern Africa, Libya
  • Africa, Northern Africa, Morocco
  • Africa, Northern Africa, Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Cyprus
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Israel
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Jordan
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Lebanon-Syria
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Turkey
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Albania
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Greece
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Italy
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe, Yugoslavia
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe, France
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe, Portugal

Urginea maritima Baker

Genus: Urginea
Species: maritima Baker
Common names: Sea Squill, Red Squill
Pharmacopoeia Londinensis name: Squills
Distribution summary: Europe
Habit: Bulbous
Hardiness: H2 - Tender; cool or frost-free greenhouse
Habitat: Frequently on sandy soils
Garden status: Not currently grown
Flowering months: September, October
Reason for growing: Medicinal, toxic, traditional herbal registration

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