Archive entry 29.07.07
Archive entry 26.07.09
9th August 2005
Probably the hardiest of the Pineapple Flowers, Eucomis bicolor is quite variable. Some have quite
a lot of black spotting under the leaves, and the amount of purple margin to the green petals varies.
1st August 2006
28th July 2007
In a fit of enthusiasm I grew a lot of seed a couple of years ago, hoping for something a bit interesting, and I didn't really get it. I finally
got fed up with the space they were using up in the greenhouse, and planted them all out in a raised bed, where they might grow into something quite spectacular.
17th August 2008
26th July 2009
24th July 2011
2nd September 2017
Flowers in the UK are pollinated by flies and they have an unpleasant scent - my advice is don't smell them. They aren't revolting, it is just a lot of bending for
no appreciable benefit. In South Africa it is listed as "near threatened" as a result of collection for medical use, but large populations grow in many protected areas
and it isn't seriously threatened.
1st September 2021
My main plant was planted outside in the border during spring this year and has flowered well though the leaves have been damaged by the erratic weather through summer.