Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' Pineapple Lily,TROPICAL FLOWERS
Fragrant South African native, is a must have for every garden and patio! Tropical, fleshy leaves with flower spikes that appear to be miniature "pineapples" at the top of each stem. Flowers begin opening from the bottom up and have a perfect star shap to them.
This Eddie Welsh hybrid of the South African pineapple lily forms a rosette of fleshy green leaves, topped in August with 18" tall flower spikes that are chartreuse in bud and then open to pure white...simply stunning. Although Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' was bred for the cut flower trade, it makes a superb garden specimen. Eucomis 'Tugela Jade' is named after the Tugela River that runs through South Africa's Drakensberg Mountains where Eucomis comosa is native.
FIND YOUR ZONE
Hardy to USDA Zone 6 to 7 with an insulating mulch or lift bulbs to store in a frost-free location. (We have bulbs against our house, Zone 7/8, in a slightly raised bed, protected from our winter rainfall of 50+ inches.) Sent to you bare root, plant our large, heavy bulbs after danger of deep frost is past and soil begins to warm (e.g. May in Seattle), spacing 6 to 10 inches apart, covered with 4 inches of fluffy, amended soil. If desired, light mulch after top growth begins.
Bulbs are all large size that either flowered this past summer or are expected to bloom when transplanted back into the garden. Flowering stems begin very tiny and continue to expand throughout summer. Eucomis are long-lived and although they prefer to be left undisturbed, offsets can be detached from the mother bulb in fall, taking an additional two years before the babies flower. Bulbs are guaranteed true-to-name, not for failure to bloom first summer, loss due to overwatering or over wintering.