pineapple lily, like this variety called Glow
Sticks, is cold hardy from zones 6-9 and is an
easy bulb to grow provided you have good winter
you start growing the pineapple lily, youíll wonder
why you havenít been growing it for years. Sparkling
Burgundy was the first one to intrigue me at the Coastal
Georgia Botanical Gardens as it was thriving in what I
might normally consider extreme conditions. It was and
still is growing in full sun, practically no attention
from horticulture staff and zero irrigation. Yet, every
year it is there blooming with a Shoal Creek vitex, fire
bush, and torch lily in a unique combination.
pineapple lily is known botanically as Eucomis comosa
and oddly enough finds itself in the Asparagus family.
It is from South Africa and is one of the most beautiful
plants you could ever grow in the landscape. The plants
reach about 2-feet tall and wide with beautiful leaves.
If it never bloomed, it could be considered an option
for the texture the leaves provide in the garden.
it does bloom with an amazing display of small starry
florets that open from the bottom up on a thick 24-inch
tall flower stalk. The bloom period is for 6 to 8 weeks,
but it seems the bloom stalk remains landscape effective
from mid-June through summer in the Savannah, Ga., area.
a site with full sun though we see that a little
afternoon shade or shifting light certainly works as
well. The soil should be fertile and well-drained
especially for winter survival. Winter hardiness for the
pineapple lily is recommended for zones 6 through 9.
your soil is tight and heavy, then incorporate 3-to-4
inches of organic matter for good aeration and drainage
or plant on raised beds like commercial landscapers.
you are preparing your bed work in a slow release
pre-plant fertilizer such as 12-6-6 with minor
nutrients. Use about 2 pounds per 100-square-feet of bed
our area, most gardeners have been buying 6-inch or
gallon-sized, container-grown pineapple lilies. In this
situation, you plant with the top of the root ball even
with the soil surface. A lot of gardeners buy bulbs, and
plant in the well-prepared beds about 6-inches deep.
blooms resemble a pineapple and are ever so tropical
looking and partner well with canna lilies, bananas, and
upright alocasia elephant ears. It looks at home, too,
with ornamental grasses swaying in the breeze paired
with drifts of flowers that you might otherwise think as
by all means, consider it for courtyard gardens, or
grandmaís cottage garden. We have several in our
Cottage Garden growing with hummingbird mints, Joe Pye
weed, and native monarda. As your clump expands and your
flower stalks increase you can surprise the flower
arranging group at church with the most stunning bouquet
are growing the deep-burgundy leafed selection known as
Sparkling Burgundy, the exquisite Green Glow Sticks, and
another sporting burgundy blushes called Oakhurst. They
are all to be treasured, and an internet search will
show you, even more, selections.
my word; the pineapple lily will be a huge surprise
making you wonder why in the world you are just now
trying it. Donít delay another year get your clump
growing this summer.