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Pineapple Lily, Pineapple Flower

Eucomis comosa

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Eucomis (YOO-com-iss) (Info)
Species: comosa (kom-OH-suh) (Info)
Synonym:Eucomis comosa var. comosa
Synonym:Eucomis punctata



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gadsden, Alabama

San Diego, California

Stamford, Connecticut

Deland, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

College Park, Maryland

Charlotte, North Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Puyallup, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 30, 2017, natureguyfrog from San Diego, CA wrote:

I have the taller form (E. comosa var. striata) from swamps of East South Africa which seems to remain evergreen here in zone 10A unless allowed to dry out. New leaves are dark reddish/purplish with purplish stripes on back and spotted mid-ribs then turning a very rich deep matt green.

Easy as a potted plant. Have yet to plant in a meadow garden of low grasses, sedges, rushes and smaller wildflowers with other South African grassland bulbs ie. Hypoxis, Gladiolus, Freesia, Crytanthus etc; also California native bulbs such as Brodiaea, Sisyrinchium other common garden bulbs for mild winter areas including Ipheion uniflorum cvs, two Tulipa sps doing well here, Scilla and maybe some Allium and diminutive Irideae.

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On Oct 27, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Eucomis 'Pine-Apple Flower' is a bulbous rooted plant from Africa. It thrives well in a sunny, dry spot, and is very easily grown. The flower spikes last a month or more on the plant and as a cut flower. In E. punctata pinkish forms also occur in the flowers. A very exotic looking flower to have in a vase.


On Aug 21, 2009, alzone7 from Gadsden, AL wrote:

I love this plant. The pineapple flower heads get so heavy that they fall over, but I just cut them and put them in a tall vase with three of the blades and have a spectacular long-lasting arrangement for my hall table. Next year I may try putting out a single-stem plant support for each bloom stalk to grow through and see what happens. Either way is OK with me.


On Jul 29, 2004, fuquaygarden from Fuquay Varina, NC wrote:

Propagates readily from leaf section cuttings.


On Jul 4, 2004, PLANT_NUT from Charlotte, NC wrote:

I love this plant! My mother-in-law let me dig 8 or so out of her flowerbeds last fall (2003). She had them growing in the typical hard red clay soil found in NC. They were gorgeous and bloomed beautifully for her. So I transplanted them into my garden (same city, but heavily amended soil) and they have all bloomed. :^) At this point, each stalk is about 2 1/2 feet tall and covered in buds. The foilage is a deep red and green and the flower stalks are very smooth and burgundy in color also. I can't wait to see all the buds open!


On Oct 27, 2003, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This bulb from South Africa is a member of the Lily family.
It blooms mid-Summer to late fall.

It is hardy in Sunset Zones 4 & 5 (I have it growing outside here in Western Washington.) and has white or pink-purple bloom. The foliage is strap-like, erect leaves and the bloom comes up from the center, 2 to 3 feet tall covered with scented flowers. The top of the bloom spike has a topnot of small leaf bracts. Grows in sun or light shade, needs to be fed as it needs rich soil. Overall the plant in bloom resembles a Pineapple. Propagate by division or from seed.


On Oct 27, 2003, mungoj from Murfreesboro, TN wrote:

This is a great plant for anyone's garden. Foliage is purple and very striking. Flowers are tall (3 feet) and the honeybees love them. I have six plants and I'm trying to find places for more!