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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' (Purple Pineapple Lily for us dummies)

This way cool perennial is stunning and now blooming in Buena Vista. There are several varieties of this South African native but this is my favorite. It needs full sun to perform best. In early spring the strap like foliage emerges with a deep burgundy color. Later, as the temperature rises the foliage changes to a more greenish color.

In mid to late summer the clump produces a 20" tall bloom stalk resembling a miniature purple pineapple. The plant gets to about 24 inches tall and wide. It can really tolerate hot, dry conditions once established. I actually think the "pineapple" bloom is more attractive and longer lasting when it is on the dry side. Too much water seems to make my blooms topple over from being too top heavy. Another plus for this plant is I've never seen it bothered by any garden pest.

Easy to grow and propagate either by dividing (like hosta) or by leaf cuttings best taken in July.
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