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Pineapple lily

Eucomis comosa 'Oakhurst'

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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 CharacteristicsBurgundy foliage and purple, pineapple-like flowers.

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

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


  • Genus : Eucomis
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 8, 9
  • Plant Type : Bulbs
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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