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Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgandy'

Pineapple plant

Location:

The Sunken Garden

Description:

A bulb, native to South Africa, the foliage of which emerges bright beetroot in spring, changing later to a bold and glossy dark green, with a faint purple stripe at the centre. The summer leaves are up to 60cm and the name 'Sparkling Burgundy' describes the flower spike, which can last up to six weeks, perfectly.

Site and Care:

Plant bulbs 15cm (6in) deep to help prevent frost damage, in fertile, well-drained soil, in full sun. Avoid shady areas of the garden, but also make sure that they won't be shaded by other plants as they grow which will reduce the flowering. Frost-hardy they can be grown outdoors in the southern parts of the UK. Don't let them dry out which reduces flowers and mulch in winter.Propagation by seed is possible but dividing the bulbs is more usual.