About this cultivar:
Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' is a dramatic plant that produces strap-like foliage of dark burgundy beet-root that turns greener as the season passes. In late summer the clump produces a tall bloom stalk resembling a miniature elongated purple pineapple! You won't be surpised to hear it has the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit...
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert
- Flowers: June, July, August
- Other features: Grows well in Ballyrobert, Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM)
- Hardiness: Fully hardy - grows well in Ballyrobert!
- Habit: Clump forming, bushy
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Height: 60 - 90 cm (2 - 3 ft)
- Spread: 30 - 60 cm (1 - 2 ft)
- Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years
- Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial, bulb
- Colour: Green, pink, purple
- Goes well with: Sedum, Campanula, Geranium, Dianthus, Salvia or Agapanthus.
About this genus:
Eucomis (u-kom-is) s a genus of flowering plants in the Asparagus family (Asparagaceae) native to southern Africa and was first introduced to Europe in 1783. Most species of this genus are commonly referred to as pineapple flowers or pineapple lilies. The name Eucomis is of Greek origin, eu- meaning "pleasing" and kome "hair of the head" referring to the tuft of leaf-like bracts that crown the inflorescence of the species in this genus.
They are easy, reliable, and fun garden perennials that grow almost anywhere that isn't too shaded or watterlogged. Some of them are great for cut flowers
Eucomis flower clusters look like a much larger version of their botanical cousin, the Hyacinth. For plant pairings try Sedum, Campanula, Geranium, Dianthus, Salvia or Agapanthus to compliment the strappy foliage.