Eucomis Pole-Evansii - Indigenous South African Bulb - 5 Seeds

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Eucomis is a southern African genus in the Hyacinthaceae family. The name is derived from the Greek word Eukomos, meaning "Beautifully Haired". Plants are commonly known as Pineapple lilies because in many of the species the blooms resemble a pineapple. They often have an unpleasant scent since they are pollinated by flies. Most of the species are found in the summer rainfall areas of South Africa, some at higher elevations. In cultivation they have proved to be hardy to frost, especially if planted deeply or protected during their dormancy by snow. They are best grown in the shade and given regular water during growth. This is especially true of plants grown in sun as otherwise the leaves will become limp.

Eucomis pole-evansii, is the tallest species of the genus, growing to 1.8m/6ft. In the wild it prefers wetland habitats, but it will grow in average garden soils, if regularly irrigated. It has leaves over 1 meter long, wide at the base tapering along their length. The wide open green to cream flowers appear mid summer, but may need staking to prevent them from bending over.

USDA Zone - 8

Season to Sow - Spring


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