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Pineapple lily

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'

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This outstanding cultivar boasts dark burgundy leaves that slowly change to olive green, and then revert back dramatically as the flowers fade. The flowers form on 20- to 30-inch stalks bearing bottle-brush-like wands of tight, smokey pink florets, which are crowned by tufts of purple bracts. As the common name implies, these unusual and magnificent inflorescences are reminiscent of pineapples.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThese tender bulbs with strap-shaped leaves are from dry screes and annually damp meadows of South Africa. 

CarePlant bulbs 6 inches deep, in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. In cooler climates, plant in containers for garden display and overwinter in a frost free location. Water freely in active growth; they do best if dry when dormant.

PropagationSow seed at 61°F  in autumn or spring or remove offsets in spring and replant.


  • Genus : Eucomis
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 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
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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