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Pineapple flower

Eucomis autumnalis

Pineapple lily (Eng.), Wildepynappel, Krulkoppie (Afr.)

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This unique and fascinating small species have soft-textured, wavy green leaves with unusual pineapple-like flowers. Its compact growth habit and long-lasting, star-shaped​ flowers make it a great addition to a small well-lit rockery type garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seed pods when ripe and store them till spring. Flowers can be cut for floral arrangements, but the flowers tend​ to last longer if left on the plant.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in spring when ripe. Sow seeds at a depth of 1 to 2 cm, and space them 20 cm apart.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Drought resistant
This species is water-wise as it only grows during the summer months.
Pot plant
Great container plant for any sunny position. Bring the plant inside during the flower period to appreciate it even more.

Geography

Origin
South Central Africa to the South Western Cape of South Africa
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Decoctions of the Eucomis bulbs are traditionally used to treat colic and for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Ornamental
Use as a border plant or planted en masse adding a different look to the garden. It is also used as a cut flower by florists.

Personality

Family
Hyacinthaceae
Flower colour
, Yellow, Cream, Green
Scent
Strong

Problems

Eucomis is practically pest and disease-free.

Companion plants

Plant with grasses and prairie flowers, like Echinacea purpurea.
Echinacea
Echinacea
Echinacea purpurea

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