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Copyright: Klaudio Dadich (dalmatinac) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 56] (238)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-09
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-11 2:42
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Points: 6
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Pineapple Lily
Eucomis comosa

Geographic Origin: South Africa.
Plant Group: Bulbous perennials.
Hardiness: Sunset zones 4-9, 14-24. USDA zones: 8-10.
Mature size: Height: 30 inches (75 cm).
Flowering period: Late summer.
Flowering attributes: Twelve inch long purple striped stems (30 cm) bearing racemes of white star-shaped flowers with purple edged tepals and purple ovaries. A tuft of green bracts at the top of the flower makes the cluster of flowers resemble a pineapple.
Leaf attributes: Twenty-eight inches long (70 cm) by 3-4 inches wide (8-10 cm) strap-shaped, light green leaves with purple spotting underneath.
Light: Full sun to light shade.
Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil with plenty of humus.
Feeding: Fertilize in spring with a complete organic fertilizer.
Propagation Methods: In spring or fall sow seed at 61°F (16°C). | Divide in spring every 5-6 years. | Remove offsets in spring.
Rainy Side Notes

A South African native, the name Eucomis comes from the Greek word eukomos, meaning lovely-haired, in reference to a crown of bracts on the flower. Although it is easy to start from seed, it can take two to five years before the plant reaches blooming size. After the blossoms fade, the purple seed capsules carry on the show. From spring to fall, this handsome bulb is great looking in the perennial border. The flowers are excellent as cut flowers with a long vase-life.

Plant bulbs six inches deep (15 cm) and one foot apart (30 cm) in the fall. Here in our climate of the Pacific Northwest, you can plant in spring after danger of frost is past. When planting throw in a handful of bone meal and mix with the soil. This perennial will come back year after year, giving a tropical look to the garden. To grow Eucomis in a container, plant at a depth where the neck of the bulb is barely peeking out of the soil.

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2007-12-11 6:20]

Hello Klaudio
A stunning array of beautiful little flowers. Good camera work to catch these little blossoms showing off their lovely colours while ensuring that the whites and other shiny parts on the blooms did not over expose. I am sure that if Ori Sapir (fragman), the prolific botanist from the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens, laid his eyes on this one he is sure to enjoy it just as much as I did.

tres jolie composition, de belles couleurs bien nettes et un encadrement bien adéquat
bravo et merci a toi de partager avec moi

Hi Klaudio,
Beautiful flower. Sharp, well exposed picture. FTS.
- Nirmal

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