Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’

pineapple lily

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Outstanding Qualities

Swords of saturated purple leaves make for a spectacular presence in the garden in late spring through summer. Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy' is a plant used for some spicy visual impact. It was selected at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum by perennial aficionado Edith Eddlemen in the late 1980's. It is a truly handsome foliage plant and and added bonus in late summer (August-September), it sends up spikes of amazing pineapple-like flowers. The purple foliage fades to a bronzy-green at flowering. Grow it through silvery-pink flowering Geranium 'Mavis Simpson' to give it a kick in the pants or with the chartreuse-leafed, magenta flowered Geranium 'Ann Folkard' for a zippy combo.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 8 to 10

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering keeps the plant looking best in summer

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: silver, chartreuse, rose

Great Color Partners: dark green, cream, bronze

Culture Notes
This bulb loves full sun and sandy well-drained soil. If drainage is adequate it will tolerate clay soils. It is very slow to emerge in spring so be patient. Once established it is drought tolerant, but if the soil is very sandy occasional watering keeps the plant looking its best during dry weather. Protect the young leaves from slugs in spring and early summer.