Eucomis autumnalis 'Alba'
Bloom Time: Midsummer to the first fall frosts.
Eucomis autumnalis 'Alba' is a deciduous summer-growing bulb that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. The bulbs are oval, up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, and give rise to a rosette of broad, fleshy, soft-textured, wavy-edged leaves. The leaves are up to 14 inches (35 cm) long and 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide. The white flower spikes are topped with a rosette of young green leaves, which resembles a pineapple. The flowers are produced from mid-summer to the first fall frosts.
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 over three weeks or more from the bottom up. 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.
This plant is a white cultivar of Eucomis autumnalis.
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