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Eucomis 'Zeal Bronze'

Pineapply lily

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Key information

Plant type

Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour

Pink, White


Flowers, Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (83736)

Plant details

As its common name suggests, this bulb from South Africa, has a flower that resembles a pineapple fruit on the end of a thick stem. 'Zeal Bronze' has green foliage with a purplish-bronze tinge, making it an attractive plant to grow, even before it flowers. In mid-summer, thick burgundy-coloured stems appear, on which dark buds slowly open, revealing star-like pink-white flowers with a small rosette of leaves on top. Lasting approximately six weeks, the flowers dry out in autumn, leaving attractive seed heads. Plants will only withstand the cold winter months outside if planted in very sheltered areas, so it's normally grown in a pot and then planted out or plunged in a border during the summer months. Keep plants well watered during summer and allow the plant to dry out once winter begins. New plants can be propagated by removing offsets from the parent bulbs in the spring.

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Eucomis

Cultivar: Zeal Bronze

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink, White

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: August to October

Reader reviews

Margaret Davies

Mine has been outside in a pot for three years and has survived a very. Hard winter and this last very wet one and now it is growing well hopefully to flower this summer.

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