Eucomis autumnalis ‘Alba’

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Scientific Name

Eucomis autumnalis ‘Alba’

Scientific Classification

Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Genus: Eucomis

Flower

Color: White
Bloom Time: Mid summer to the first fall frosts.

Description

Eucomis autumnalis ‘Alba’ is a deciduous, summer growing bulb up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. The bulbs are large, up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, ovoid and give rise to a rosette of large, broad, soft-textured, fleshy, wavy-edged leaves up to 14 inches (35 cm) and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide. The white flower spikes are topped with a rosette of young green which resemble a pineapple. The flowers are produced in mid summer to the first fall frosts.

Photo via jparkers.co.uk

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 7a to 11b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Pineapple Lilies look exotic, but they’re actually very easy to grow. Simply plant the bulbs in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Wait until the soil temperature is 65°F (18°C) or warmer, as Eucomis bulbs will not grow in cold soil. It typically takes 3 to 4 weeks for the plant’s leaves to begin emerging from the bulb.

Grow Pineapple Lilies in loose, well-drained soil. Heavy or soggy soil may cause the bulbs to rot. At the start of the growing season, it’s best to keep the soil barely moist. Once the plant has several leaves, start watering consistently, keeping the soil relatively moist until after flowering.

In late summer, flower stalks emerge from the center of the plant and will rise to a height of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm). Each flower is a column of florets, crowned with a topknot of tiny leaves. The florets open slowly from the bottom up, over a period of 3 weeks or more. After the petals drop, they are replaced by attractive seed capsules.

A dose of liquid fertilizer every 2 to 3 weeks will help keep Eucomis plants lush and vigorous… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Pineapple Lilies

Origin

Eucomis autumnalis ‘Alba’ is a white cultivar of Eucomis autumnalis.

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