Eucomis bicolor inflorescence

Eucomis bicolor inflorescence

Eucomis bicolor or Pineapple Lily is a bulbous plant native to South Africa of the family Hyacinthaceae or hyacinths.

The very broad leaves grow in rosettes from which a stalk emerges at the top of which is the flower spike, topped by a tuft of leaves, giving it an air of pineapple.

Flowering lasts throughout the summer until October and gives a very exotic touch to the garden. It is pale green and white with pink hues.

The leaves are green, usually tinged with purple at the base.

Common names:

Pineapple flower
Pineapple lily
Variegated pineapple flower

Origin:

South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal where it grows on grassy banks, in forests and swamps

Hardiness:

USDA zone 8, -10 °C
The foliage dies at -3 °C.

Soil:

Well drained and rich

Height:

40-60 cm



Exposure:

Sun, light or partial shade

Eucomis bicolor

Eucomis bicolor

Propagation:

Seed
Division of bulbs
Suckers

Sowing instructions:

  • January-April
  • sow at the surface: light helps germination
  • cover with vermiculite
  • moisten
  • 15-20 °C

Germination:

  • 3 to 4 weeks

Care:

  • can be grown in pots or open ground
  • grown in pots, watered frequently during the growing season
  • reduce watering in winter
  • will have greater impact if you plant a group
  • you can bring the bulbs inside in winter to protect them from cold

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