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Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' (Pineapple lily, Pineapple flower)

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' Photo/Illustration: Saxon Holt


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' yew-KOE-miss kom-OH-sah Common Name: Pineapple lily, Pineapple flower Synonyms: E. punctata Genus: Eucomis
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 characteristics: These tender bulbs with strap-shaped leaves are from dry screes and annually damp meadows of South Africa. 
Care: Plant 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.
Propagation: Sow seed at 61°F  in autumn or spring or remove offsets in spring and replant.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 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; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Late Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Bulbs

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