Autumn colours on sand dunes

Sea daffodil (Pancratium Maritimum) flowers can be found on the sea shore in Rethymno and around Crete. Its perfume is sweet and heady and its one of the most attractive plants on the island.
The first representation of the Pancratium Lily is mentioned by Evans, who discovered it during the excavations he made in the palace of Knossos in 1896.

There is a painting of this plant in the well-known wall painting with the blue-bird in the palace of Knossos which is considered as the first representation of the Sea Daffodil. Its use is described by Dioscorides and Theophrastus. Pancratium maritimum can be seen on Minoan pottery and on wall frescoes in Crete and Santorini.

Sea Daffodil