Pineapple lily

Eucomis autumnalis subsp. autumnalis

Pineapple lily - Eucomis autumnalis subsp. autumnalis

Common Name: Pineapple lily
Genus: Eucomis
Species: autumnalis subsp. autumnalis

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.20 m (20 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August & September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Soil: fertile well-drained soil (or loam-based potting compost with sharp sand or grit for container-grown specimens)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Other features: broad lustrous light green leaves


The unusual flowers of this plant look great planted in clumps in the front of tropical or jungle themed borders. This variety has slender upright spikes of greenish-white flowers that emerge from a basal rosette of strap-shaped light green leaves with wavy edges - and these flowerspikes are topped with a rounded cluster of small leaves that look like a spikey top-knot. They are not fully hardy in colder areas so unless you have a sheltered spot you should plant them into pots so they can be over-wintered in a cool greenhouse.

  • Garden care: Water freely during the growing season and sparingly during winter. Protect the crown of the plant with a dry winter mulch or over-winter indoors under glass. Top-dress or re-pot container-grown specimens each spring.



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