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Eucomis bicolor

Pineapple lily

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Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour






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Eucomis bicolor
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There are only a few eucomis species, all South African and doubtfully hardy except in warm gardens, where they may be planted in sheltered sunny beds against a warm wall. This is perhaps the easiest to grow, and always attracts attention when its curious and long-lasting flower spike appears in July and August. It is usually grown for standing outside as a container plant after the spring frosts, or it may be plunged in the ground for the summer season. Plants in pots are watered frequently in dry weather, kept dry all winter and then repotted in spring.

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Eucomis

Species: bicolor

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: July to August

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