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EUCOMIS comosa 'Oakhurst'

Image of Eucomis comosa 'Oakhurst'

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

EUCOMIS comosa 'Oakhurst'

Plant Common Name

Oakhurst Pineapple Lily, Pineapple Lily

Special Notice

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General Description

A selection of the South African native Eucomis comosa, this bulbous perennial is grown for its bold colorful leaves and its showy flowers.

Emerging in spring from a large egg-shaped bulb, the upright, purple-bronze, broadly strap-shaped leaves form a handsome rosette. The leaves die back in fall. Tall cylindrical spikes of star-shaped pink flowers are borne on stout fleshy burgundy-purple stalks in summer. A frilly crest of purple bracts overtops the flowers (giving rise to the common name "pineapple lily").

Surprisingly hardy given its African origin, this bulb does best in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. It requires ample summer moisture, and dryish conditions during its winter dormant period. Plant bulbs in spring at a depth of two to three times their width. Where marginally hardy, apply a coarse airy winter mulch. This cultivar's striking foliage and flowers suit it for use in containers, mixed borders, and cutting gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Purple, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes