The Eucomic is a bulb that belongs to a genus that has about 10-15 species of perennial bulbs with summer development, originating in southern Africa. The bulbs are large, from 7 to 10-12 cm in diameter; they develop a dense rosette of large sword leaves, fleshy and erect, slightly rigid, shiny, light green in color. During the summer, tall erect, thick and fleshy stems develop in the center of the rosette of leaves, bearing a large panicle of flowers, topped with a tuft of small leaves, similar to a pineapple. In the autumn flowers follow small berries. The botanical species are yellow or green, but there are cultivars with yellow, white or pinkish flowers. Easy to grow bulb, it is also used for cut flowers.
The origin of these plants are South Africa and Africa and these are plants grown in Italy as ornamental plants because they are highly appreciated for their flowers and autumnal berries. Very often Eucomis plants are also called pineapple lily because of the inflorescences that resemble a pineapple in shape and color.
Eucomic plants are grown in a sunny place; this species does not like shade or partial shade but these bulbous plants are not afraid of frost and therefore can be used for planting, although it is advisable to protect the soil with a thick layer of mulch in areas with a very harsh winter climate.
They generally tolerate temperatures up to -5 ° C without too much as long as the cold period is not too long. In any case, if we live in areas with severe winters, remember to plant the Eucomic at a good depth, about 15-20 cm below the ground.