Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'
Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' is a selected form of the large-leaved type species which is endemic to the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. This form was selected as a seedling in 1983 by Tony Avent's Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina for its dramatic purple foliage.
The colouration can be somewhat variable - from greenish-purple to dark red-maroon - and is often strongest in spring as the foliage emerges. The inflorescence is enormous and borne on a peduncle that is tall, stout and a striking wine-red colour. The star-like flowers are very beautiful being white with green and mauve filaments, pale yellow anthers and purple and white striped ovaries.
A stunning and choice cultivar.
|Synonyms||Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy', Eucomis punctata,|
|Geographical Origin||Horticultural origin. Type species from the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa|
|Cultivation||Warm sunny aspect. Well-drained sandy soil, slightly acid.|
|Hardiness||Can be grown outdoors in warmer regions if given a heavy winter mulch and providing the bulbs are completed surrounded in sharp sand when planted. Otherwise lift in autumn and store dry over winter|
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