Plant ID forum: Need help to identify plant

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Andalucia, Spain
jefferson70
Jan 30, 2018 12:53 PM CST
I live in the south of Spain and saw this plant growing by the side of the road. It was very unusual, considering the soil was just sand that had been pushed to the side of the road. I grabbed it, and filled the pot with the soil it germinated in. However, have no idea what it is. Can anyone help? It is growing from an onion-shape bulb, with dangly root bits underneath. Would love to know what it is and how big it is or isn't going to get. (Would like to make sure it isn't an Australian Poisonous Death Plant or something like that). Thanks!
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dave
Jan 30, 2018 1:26 PM CST

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The leaves make me think of Crinum Lily.

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Monetwwqi
Jan 30, 2018 1:59 PM CST
It might be a dracaena.
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ScotTi
Jan 30, 2018 2:41 PM CST
Reminds me of a Crinum also.
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plantladylin
Jan 30, 2018 3:18 PM CST
Something about it reminds me of crinum but it also reminds me a bit of Iris planifolia: For comparison:
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sooby
Jan 30, 2018 4:02 PM CST
Lin beat me to it - was just going to suggest Iris planifolia which, according to my book on wildflowers of Spain and Portugal, is locally abundant in Andalucia. Here's a picture that shows a similar leaf pattern:

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There's also this picture of a bulb and roots of another Juno iris showing "dangly root bits". I assume I. planifolia may be similar, Lin?

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tofitropic
Jan 30, 2018 10:58 PM CST
Flower will make the ID more precise, (please update this when it blooms), the rosette leaves arrangement made me think of crinum also, or perhaps could also be a Scilla species. it will be nice if you can show the bulb,(but.... perhaps that will disturb it from the flowering process Confused , or just wait till it blooms for now...)
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purpleinopp
Jan 31, 2018 4:55 PM CST
Having a bulb would negate any Dracaena, AFAIK.
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Faridat
Jan 31, 2018 5:49 PM CST
Urginea maritima is my guess, as I also live in the Mediterranean and it grows all over the region. If the bulb is a huge onion, then that's it. Very xeriscapic plant, be overly cautious of its watering.
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plantladylin
Jan 31, 2018 9:05 PM CST
Faridat said:Urginea maritima is my guess, as I also live in the Mediterranean and it grows all over the region. If the bulb is a huge onion, then that's it. Very xeriscapic plant, be overly cautious of its watering.


That sure looks like a match! Thumbs up Sea Squill (Drimia maritima)

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Andalucia, Spain
jefferson70
Feb 1, 2018 3:39 PM CST
The Sea Squill is the first suggestion I've seen where the bulb looks right. And the leaves are bang on perfect, suggesting to me that's it. Thanks for the help, everyone! Now to go find a bigger pot for it...

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