• Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis
  • Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis
  • Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis
  • Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis
    Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis
    Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis
    Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis

Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis

Pineapple Lily, Pineapple Flower
Size: Good sized bulbs

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Quick Overview

  • Showy exotic
  • Elegant inflorescence
  • Tropical-looking foliage
  • Hardy perennial bulb

 

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Description

One of three subspecies of Eucomis autumnalis, Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis is a magnificent plant with a particularly handsome inflorescence of white flowers held aloft on a close-clustering raceme that is tall and slender and crowned with a coiffure of green leaf-bracts that is the unique characteristic of the genus Eucomis. It is an elegant plant, with an air of sophistication: exotic yet understated. Whereas Eucomis bicolor, with its flamboyant look-at-me jungle markings, tends to be more wildchild, more Kings Road; Eucomis autumnalis has an easy confidence, as if successfully pulling it off at Ascot on Ladies day; cool and somewhat detached. The star-like flowers - when looked at closely - have small green markings near the throat and when fertilised, the entire flower turns from pale white to pale green. The foliage is a soft green, a luxuriant rosette of fleshy soft-textured leaves.

It is native to South Africa where it is found in the Eastern Cape and Northern Province and to Zimbabwe and Malawi occuring in open grassland, forest margins and mountain slopes.

For such a showy and exotic plant Eucomis autumnalis is ridiculously easy in cultivation. During the growing season, ensure it is well watered and feed but once the leaves start to die back in autumn keep it dry. It is often easier to do this by lifting the bulbs and storing them over winter. If you plan to keep them outdoors through the winter, plant deep, with grit and sand added to the substrate and mulch liberally in autumn. It can also be a very effective container plant.

Eucomis flowers cut well for ornamental use and will keep for at least a week in water.

 

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asparagaceae
Sub-Family Scilloideae
Synonyms Eucomis undulata, Fritillaria autumnalis
Geographical Origin South Africa, Malawi and Zimbabwe on mountain slopes, grassland and forest margins
Cultivation Full sun. Well-drained soil. Keep dry and mulch during dormancy
Eventual Height 50cm
Eventual Spread 40cm
Hardiness Hardy if planted deep and kept dry in winter. It is often easier to lift the bulbs and store them over winter

Eucomis autumnalis ssp. autumnalis

Pineapple Lily, Pineapple Flower
Size: Good sized bulbs

Availability: Sold Out

£2.49
  • Buy 2 for £2.25 each and save 10%
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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