Often referred to as the ‘Pineapple Lily’, Eucomis are members of the lily family although the pineapple part simply refers to the flower. Eucomis comosa and Eucomis aurumnalis are the most commonly grown species and as they are originally from South Africa growing conditions become clear quickly, ideally well drained and sunny.
However these are a versatile bulb and cope well in much damper and cooler climates than the natural habitat. The real beauty of the Eucomis is the long lasting flowers which appear in autumn.
Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling-Burgundy’ (pictured right) is a wonderful pink flowering cultivar with green foliage with red margins and a red stem.
Eucomis zambesiaca will reach around .3m and has pure white flowers tinged with green in bud. Lovely green foliage and lower growing than some others. Eucomis autumnalis with its yellow flowers can reach around .5m, Eucomis bicolor with its pink and white flowers is another.
Care and Growing conditions
Ideally a sunny position in a well drained humus rich soil, however Eucomis do seem to cope with a little neglect. In a sunny position the foliage seems to stay more upright and the flowering is stronger than in shaded areas. Plants can be left to tryout during winter and watering and fertiliser can be applied in spring as growth commences.
Eucomis grow well in pots or containers particularly in areas where frosts are a problem and they can be more easily given protection. They make a wonderful plant for a ‘tropical look’ in cooler climates. Propagation is from offsets or from seed.
When to buy and plant:
Eucomis appear in garden centres in summer when in flower, purchase online during winter when dormant for best results
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Eucomis are available for sale from the following growers and nurseries
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