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EUCOMIS comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'

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James Burghardt

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

EUCOMIS comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'

Plant Common Name

Pineapple Lily, Sparkling Burgundy Pineapple Lily

General Description

Native to South Africa, pineapple lilies are bulbous, tender perennials which are distinguished by their showy flower clusters somewhat resembling pineapples. The selection ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ features dramatic, dark purple foliage which adds a bold splash to summer containers and gardens.

Emerging with the warm temperatures of spring, the broad, strap-shaped leaves of this eye-catching perennial form a large, fountain-like rosette. Dense, cylindrical clusters of small, starry, light purple flowers are borne on sturdy stems in mid- to late summer, and are typically displayed over a period of several weeks.

‘Sparkling Burgundy’ grows well in full to partial sun; however, best coloration occurs in full sun. In spring, plant the bulbs at a depth of three times their width in fertile, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Where marginally hardy, site plants in warm, sheltered locations, topdress with additional mulch in winter, and provide with excellent drainage. In colder zones, bulbs may be lifted and overwintered in containers in a frost-free location.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 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

    12"-24" / 30.5cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • 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, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Purple, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Purple, Burgundy

  • 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