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Summer flowers (Portulaca and Pancratium maritimum)

Portulaca grandiflora (Moss-rose Purslane or Moss-rose), is a flowering plant in the family Portulacaceae, native to Argentina, southern Brazil, and Uruguay.

It is also seen in the South Asia. In Bangladesh, it is called "Time Fuul", meaning "Time Flower", because the flower has a specific time to bloom.

It is a small but fast-growing annual plant growing to 30 cm tall, though usually less. The leaves are thick and fleshy, up to 2.5 cm long, arranged alternately or in small clusters. The flowers are 2.5–3 cm diameter with five petals, variably red, orange, pink, white, and yellow.

It is widely grown in temperate climates as an ornamental plant for annual bedding or as a container plant. It requires ample sunlight and well-drained soils.

Numerous cultivars have been selected for double flowers with additional petals, and for variation in flower color


La Portulaca grandiflora è una pianta originaria dell?America meridionale.

Comprende circa 200 specie di piante erbacee, quasi tutte succulente, con fusti e foglie carnose, di colore verde più o meno scuro. Possono essere annuali o perenni e a portamento eretto o prostrato. Presentano foglie piatte o cilindriche, che, spesso, hanno alla base un ciuffo di peluria. I fiori, che presentano cinque petali, che possono assumere colorazione variabile dal giallo al rosa al porpora al rosso, sono seguiti da frutti a capsula, contenenti numerosi piccoli semi. Hanno proprietà curative (diuretiche, vermifughe, purgative, ascorbiche) e possono essere utilizzate per preparare buone insalate.


Pancratium maritimum, or sea daffodil, is a species of Amaryllidaceae native to the Mediterranean region and south-western Europe. That plant can also be seen on the south Bulgarian and north Turkish coasts of Black Sea where is threatened with extinction. It grows on coastal sands or just above the high tide mark. Other vernacular names are Sand Daffodil, Sand Lily and the Lily of St. Nicholas. The Latin maritimum means "of the seashore".

P. maritimum is a bulbous perennial with a long neck and glaucous, broadly linear leaves, evergreen, but the leaves often die back during hot summers. Scape to 40 cm. Flowers 3-15 in an umbel, to 15 cm long, white. Corona two-thirds as long as the tepals. The flowers have a pleasing, exotic and very subtle lily scent, which only becomes apparent during still, windless summer nights that allow its delicate fragrance to become perceptible. Flowering is from August to October.


Il giglio di mare (Pancratium maritimum) è una specie di giglio bulboso del genere Pancratium, famiglia delle Amaryllidaceae, che cresce spontaneamente sui litorali italiani.

Pancracio viene del greco παν (pan, "tutto") e κρατυς (cratys, "potente") in allusione alle supposte virtù medicinali. Maritimum viene dal latino "mar", per via del suo habitat costiero.

Il giglio di mare (Pancratium maritimum) e’ un fiore selvatico che cresce sulle dune di molte spiagge italiane..


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