Eucomis bicolor (Pineapple Lily)

Deliciously exotic perennial from South Africa. It dies down in winter but always returns in the spring. If you think you’re gardens a bit chillier than others, you could try mulching Eucomis once they’ve died down in the first frost. Grows to about 2ft tall by 1ft wide.

Plenty of light and reasonably rich and well drained soil. The smell of the flower? Not great to be honest. If you buy one from us in flower and put it in your car, by the time you get home you will have created your own description. School dinners? Don’t be put off – there’s nothing like Eucomis bicolor and the smell doesn’t spread much. Fortunately.

Propagated by us by a weird method that involves chopping up bits of leaf. Don’t know what the technical term is.

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Hardiness level Amber

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Hardy in the Home Counties if sensibly sited (avoiding severe frost pockets, for example). Many Amber Labelled Plants are from cuttings from well-established plants that have survived many harsh winters in the South-East.

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.

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