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Eucomis comosa (Pineapple lily, Pineapple flower)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Eucomis comosa yew-KOE-miss kom-OH-sah Common Name: Pineapple lily, Pineapple flower Synonyms: E. punctata Genus: Eucomis
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 characteristics: These bulbs with strap-shaped leaves are from dry screes and annually damp meadows of South Africa and tropical, southern 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 in autumn or spring at 61°F or remove offsets in spring and replant.
Problems: Generally trouble-free.
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
Flower Color Green Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; Red Flower; White 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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