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Eucomis comosa (Pineapple lily)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.75m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Eucomis comosa

Other names

Pineapple lily

Genus

Eucomis Eucomis

Species

E. comosa - E. comosa is a perennial with an upright habit. It has long, narrow burgundy leaves. In late summer it bears racemes of star shaped pink or cream coloured flowers topped with small green spiky leaves like a pineapple top.


Eucomis comosa is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Coconut scented.

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect

Flower

Cream, Pale-pink, Flushed pink in Summer

Foliage

Red-maroon, Bronze-red in Summer; Bronze-red, Red-maroon in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Eucomis comosa (Pineapple lily) will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained or moist but well-drained soil. Protect with a mulch in colder areas.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Eucomis comosa

Other names

Pineapple lily

Genus

Eucomis Eucomis

Species

E. comosa - E. comosa is a perennial with an upright habit. It has long, narrow burgundy leaves. In late summer it bears racemes of star shaped pink or cream coloured flowers topped with small green spiky leaves like a pineapple top.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Coconut scented.

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect


Colour

Flower

Cream, Pale-pink, Flushed pink in Summer

Foliage

Red-maroon, Bronze-red in Summer; Bronze-red, Red-maroon in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning required.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Eucomis comosa (Pineapple lily) will reach a height of 0.75m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal

Cultivation

Plant in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained or moist but well-drained soil. Protect with a mulch in colder areas.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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