Thursday, 12 February 2015

FLORAL FRIDAY - EUCOMIS - PINEAPPLE LILY

Eucomis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae, native to southern Africa. Most species of this genus are commonly referred to as pineapple flowers or pineapple lilies. They are bulbous perennials with basal rosettes of leaves with stout stems covered in star-shaped flowers with a tuft of green bracts at the top, superficially resembling a pineapple – hence the common names.

The name Eucomis is of Greek origin, eu- meaning "pleasing" and kome "hair of the head", thus referring to the tuft of leaf-like bracts that crown the inflorescence of the species in this genus.

Our pineapple lilies bloom in early Autumn and herald the arrival of this mellow season. It is probably a hybrid, but it does resemble Eucomis pallidiflora (giant pineapple lily). The Latin specific epithet "pallidiflora" means "pale flowered". The plant is not frost-hardy, and requires a winter mulch in those areas subject to freezing temperatures. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.




5 comments:

  1. What a beauty, your Eucomis, especially the fine red edging along the leafs on top.
    My post will be online tomorrow.

    Have a nice weekend
    Arti

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  2. such a treat, to visit you and all your beauty.

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  3. How unusual. Your macro shots are stunning.

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