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Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'

Phonetic Spelling
YOO-com-iss kom-OH-suh
Description

'Sparkling Burgundy' Pineapple Lily is a perennial plant in the asparagus family that grows from a bulb and reaches 1-3 feet tall and wide. The Burgandy-green leaves grow in a rosette from which a 2-foot tall purple stem arises with clusters of star-shaped flowers in mid to late summer. Quite a striking plant.

Plant in humus-rich moist well-drained soils and flowers best in full sun but will tolerate light shade. Easy to grow if given supplemental water and fertilizer during the summer. Use in coastal gardens, containers, or borders. 

In colder climates, the bulb can be dug up and stored in a cool, dry place or container-grown and brought indoors and kept in a cool, dry location. If left in the ground outdoors through the winter, plant at least 4-5" deep on the south side of a building.  Place a thick layer of mulch on the planting site for the winter months.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Other than protecting the bulbs during cold winter months, these bulbs are relatively insect and disease resistant.

More information on Eucomis comosa.

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Sun and Shade Demo Garden, Buncombe County Davidson County Demo Garden Sea of Daylilies Hydrangeas in the Garden
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#deciduous#white flowers#purple leaves#showy leaves#deer resistant#coastal areas#borders#container#sun tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#showy flowers#deciduous#white flowers#purple leaves#showy leaves#deer resistant#coastal areas#borders#container#sun tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eucomis
    Species:
    comosa
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Textural
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    White to pink or purple-tinged star-shaped flowers with 6 petals are densely packed on a cylindrical raceme and appear mid to late summer. Blooms bottom to top. The top of the flower stem has green to purple leaf-like bracts that help to give it a pineapple look.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The strap-like linear leaves are up to 18 inches long and 2 inches wide growing in a basal rosette upward and outward. Color is burgundy to green with burgundy. Margins are smooth to slightly wavy.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Flower stem is thick and purple emerging from the center of the rosette up to 24 inches.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer