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.
Variegated pineapple flower
South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal where it grows on grassy banks, in forests and swamps
USDA zone 8, -10 °C
The foliage dies at -3 °C.
Well drained and rich
Sun, light or partial shade
Division of bulbs
- sow at the surface: light helps germination
- cover with vermiculite
- 15-20 °C
- 3 to 4 weeks
- 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