Genus: Pineapple flower

Eucomis

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Pineapple flower (Eucomis)
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Liliaceae
These tender bulbs produce thick, solitary stalks bearing bottle-brush-like wands of tightly clung florets, which are crowned by tufts of green bracts. As the common name implies, these unusual and magnificent inflorescences are reminiscent of pineapples.
Noteworthy characteristics:  These bulbs with strap-shaped leaves are from dry screes and annually damp meadows of South Africa and tropical, southern Africa.
Care:  Plant bulbs 6 inches deep, in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. In containers, plant just under the the soil level using sharp sand; water freely in active growth. In cooler climates, plant in containers for garden display and overwinter in a frost free location. They do best if dry when dormant.
Propagation: 

Sow seed in autumn or spring, or remove offsets in spring and replant.

Problems: 

Usually problem free.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Eucomis

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Pineapple lily
Eucomis bicolor
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Pineapple lily
Eucomis comosa
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Pineapple lily
Eucomis comosa 'Oakhurst'
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Pineapple lily
Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'