Pineapple lily

Eucomis comosa 'Oakhurst'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa 'Oakhurst')
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Synonyms:  E. punctata
Genus:  Eucomis

This bulbous perennial has striking reddish purple, strap-like leaves and foot-long purple flowers that resemble pineapples in late summer. Grow in a sunny border, container, or greenhouse. Plants used outdoors may be overwintered in a frost-free location. The species is native to South Africa.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Burgundy foliage and purple, pineapple-like flowers.

Care: 

Plant bulbs 6 inches deep in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Overwinter dormant bulbs in a frost-free place where not hardy.

Propagation: 

Sow seed at 61°F in spring or fall, or remove offsets in spring.

Problems: 

Infrequent.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Niagara
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Bulbs

Eucomis comosa 'Oakhurst'