The sea squill (Urginea maritima) belongs to the family Liliaceae (the Lily family). It is a perennial herb that is native to southern Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. This herb grows in rocky coastal habitat and it can reach 1.5-2 m in height. The bulb is large, and can be up to 20 cm wide and weigh a kilogram. In the spring, it produces a rosette of about 10 leaves each up to 1 m long. They die away by fall, when the bulb produces a tall, narrow raceme of flowers. The flower is about 1.5 cm wide and has 6 tepals each with a dark stripe down the middle. According to a legend, the Arabs believed that the abundant blooms of this flower may lead to much rain in that year.