Height: 1-2' (30-60cm) Flowering Time: Summer, autumn Flower Colour: Cream and maroon ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Liliidae (Lily Superorder) Order: Liliales (Lily Order) Family: Hyacinthaceae (Hyacinth Family) Genus: Eucomis (Pineapple Lily) Species: bicolor (two-coloured) ____________________________________
Eucomis bicolor is one of the least attractive Pineapple Lilies, so called because of the tuft of small leaves on top of the flowers, making them look a bit like a pineapple. Where the others have nice clean white or green flowers, Eucomis bicolor has solid waxy starry greenish cream flowers with a maroon edge. The leaves arise from a bulb, and are fleshy and wavy, and the stem, around a foot or so high, is green mottled with maroon. The flower spike is about six inches long. It flowers late in the year.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Spring or Winter
Seed Pod The seed pod is fat, with three rounded corners. Each single flower produces its own
Seed The seeds are shiny dark brown or black balls. There are several seeds in each seed pod.
Seedling The seedling has a single wide grassy leaf.
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