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.