This species boasts stems and undersides of leaves with maroon spotting, and white flowers tinged with maroon. The flowers form on 24-inch-long, thick 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 CharacteristicsThese bulbs with strap-shaped leaves are from dry screes and annually damp meadows of South Africa and tropical, southern 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 in autumn or spring at 61°F 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
- Flower Color : Green, Red, White
- Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Maintenance : Moderate
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest