A captivating bulb from South Africa, once considered an indoor exotic.
Eucomis are now commonly grown outdoors in pots and tubs during the summer months. Dormant over winter the bulbs should be protected from winter wet and can be left to dry out in a shed or unheated greenhouse. Start bringing the bulbs back to life slowly with light watering towards the end of April or as soon as signs of life are detected.
The thick strap-like leaves may not emerge until the end of May. These form a dense basal rosette from which the stiff flower stems arise.
The star-shaped flowers are greenish white and are topped by greenish bracts looking very much like miniature pineapples. It will be in flower until the autumn and can be moved inside and allowed to die back naturally. Remove any spent vegetation from the surface of containers.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Tender perennial bulb
Very well drained
Full sun, sheltered