Eucomis

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March 2nd, 2008, 3:53 pm #1

Eucomis species are some of my favourite summer
and autumn flowering bulbs. They have such unusual flowers, consisting of many waxy bell-shaped flowers clustered on each stem, each one being finished off
with a top-knot of leaves, hence its common name of Pineapple Flower. Probably the most commonly available one is Eucomis bicolour, and the flowers and leaves
can vary from one bulb to another, some having plain white flowers, and plain green leaves, whilst others have slightly pinkish flowers with purple markings on
the leaves and stems. The ones pictured here are the plain variety, but they are no less attractive for that. They produce green fleshy seed pods which last
for weeks, either on the plant or as a cut flower. If left on the plant, the seeds scatter themselves around and new plants will appear all over the place in
spring!




 
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