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Eucomis comosa

Common Name(s):
King's flower, Pineapple lily
Cultivar(s):
E. bicolor, E. comosus , Sparkling Burgundy , E. bicolor 'Alba' , E. punctata
Category:
Summer Bulbs
Comment:

A summer bulb in the Asparagaceae family is native to south Africa.  It features a basal rosette of strap-shaped, linear, wavy-edged, purple-spotted, dark green leaves which spread upward and outward to 24".  The inflorescence is a spike of numerous tiny showy greenish white flowers tinged with purple and a rosette of young green leaves at the tip.  Raceme flowers bloom bottom to top over a long 6-8 week bloom period. Overall the effect of the flower bloom looks similar to a pineapple, hence the common name. Persistent purplish seeds prolong the ornamental effect of the bloom.

It prefers a well-watered, well-drained organically rich soil (sand to clay).  Be sure to keep the soil moist during flowering.  This bulb is long-lived provided it is dug up each fall and overwintered in a cool-dry location.  If you would like to attempt to overwinter pineapple lily in the ground, find a protected location, perhaps on the south side of a building, and plant the bulbs 4-5" deep. In the fall cover the bulbs with a thick layer of mulch for protection.  These bulbs grow well in containers, just plant the tips of the bulbs at the soil surface.

Wildilfe Value: This is a great pollinator plant, the nectar attracts bees. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Winter hardiness is a concern if bulbs are to be left in the ground over winter.

Season:
Summer
Light:
up to 25% Shade
Color:
Green, purple, white, yellow, pink
Height:
1.5'-2' feet
Space:
6-12 in. (15 cm); one per 6-in. pot
Depth:
8 in. (20 cm)
Organ:
Bulb
Hardiness:
Tender I - injured below 68 degrees F (20 degrees C)
Storage:
Store bulbs dry at 55-68 degrees F (13-20 degrees C) in Zone 6. Hardy in Zones 7-8
Tags:
pollinator, showy flowers, low maintenance, bees, summer bulb, containers, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 892

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