Pineapple Flower, Pineapple Lily

Thu, Apr 10, 2008

Exotic

Pineapple Flower, Pineapple Lily - Eucomis
Latin name:
Eucomis

Description: Eucomis bicolor is the most commonly available; having large soft leathery leaves up to 30cm long, rising up from a large partly-submerged bulb. The flower-spike up to 60cm tall is topped with a column of loosely packed star shaped greenish flowers, somewhat resembling a pineapple head. Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ is a beautiful form with dark purple leaves and pinkish-purple flowers.

Hardiness: Much hardier than they look taking at least -4C in their stride. In colder locations cover with mulch or dig up and store the bulbs frost free over winter.

Height: Up to 60c

Position: Along the side of paths, under south facing walls and billowing over the edge of large terracotta pots

Soil: Any well drained soils that is rich in humus

Water: Water well to establish and mulch well to retain as much moisture as possible in hot weather

Usage:
Along the side of paths, under south facing walls and billowing over the edge of large terracotta pots

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