Ceborrancha (Urginea maritima)

With diuretic properties and effective in edema, it was formerly widely used for hemorrhoids, the bulb was placed under the bed. It must be taken into account that it can produce a cardiac tonic similar to digitalis, being a potent toxic drug.


Care of the bulbous plant Urginea maritima or Cebolla albarrana

The genus Urginea is composed of about 50 species of bulbous plants native to Europe, Africa and India. Its name pays homage to the Algerian tribe of the Beni Urgin. For years these plants were integrated into the genus Scilla.

It receives the common names of Cebolla albarrana, Cebolla de grajo, Ceborrancha, Escila and Esquila.

The Cebolla albarrana is a herbaceous plant with a large bulb (up to 15 cm in diameter) that can reach a height of one and a half meters. Its lanceolate leaves are alternate, appear in spring and are grouped in a rosette without petiole. In summer the leaves die and the flowers appear in long unbranched scapes. In these clusters we can find more than 50 white flowers that will later give rise to the capsules that hold the seeds; then only the bulb will remain, which can be stored or left to rest in the ground.

It is a very easy and low-care plant that can be used to form groups in rock gardens. It has medicinal properties and is used for diuretic, digestive and circulatory problems and for insect bites, chilblains and warts.

Urginea maritima needs full sun exposure although it can thrive in light shade.

The Ceborrancha is a very rustic plant that can live in any type of soil.

Since it is a Mediterranean plant, it does not need much watering and withstands periods of drought.

The annual fertilizing of the garden is sufficient, although it does not need extra fertilizers.

Onion is not usually attacked by typical garden pests, just watch out for overwatering.

They are propagated from seed although it will then take about 5 years to flower. Bulbs should be stored in dry places and planted in autumn.