Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’

Pineapple lily
This summer blooming bulb has an interesting 20- to 30-inch tall spike of flowers. The blooms are purple or burgundy and are followed by shiny purple fruits that are also attractive. The top of the flower spike has a cluster of leaves, hence the common name. The reddish-purple leaves are strap-like with rounded tips. I saw it for sale as a bulb at the Home and Garden Show and in the nursery. We also have it in sun perennials in gallon pots, but it is dormant now. I think this plant would probably look best in masses, as do other spike flowers such as Knifophia, Delphinium and Liatris. It would also be good as a cut flower. Pineapple lily is native to southern Africa. It does well in full sun or light shade.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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