Striking Purple-Leaved Pineapple Lily

By Charlie Nardozzi

Pineapple lily (Eucomis comosa) is a subtropical plant that produces sword-like leaves and pineapple-like flowers. It's hardy only in USDA zones 7 to 10 but can be grown as an annual in colder climates. While many pineapple lilies have green foliage, a few sport darker colored leaves, and one of the best is the variety 'Oakhurst'.

Not only does 'Oakhurst' feature deep purple leaves, in midsummer it produces pink-purple flower stalks in the shape of mini-pineapples. The flowers are excellent for cutting, lasting up to six weeks in a vase. 'Oakhurst' grows best in full sun, is heat tolerant, and forms a clump 2 feet tall and wide at maturity. It makes a great container plant and in northern climates can be overwintered in a protected garage or shed, or grown indoors as houseplant.

For more information on 'Oakhurst' pineapple lily, go to: Terra Nova Nursery.

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