Bulbs and bulblike plants
Thick spikes closely set with 1/2-in.-long flowers are topped with clusters of leaflike bracts that resemble pineapple tops. They make good cut flowers. Bloom in summer; persistent purplish seed capsules carry on the show even longer. Need rich soil with plenty of humus. Plant in the ground in fall, setting bulbs 4–6 in. deep, 1 ft. apart. Also fairly easy to grow from seed sown in spring. In areas where the ground freezes, use mulch to protect plantings. Divide every 5 or 6 years. Interesting potted plants; set bulbs with tips just beneath soil surface and repot yearly in fresh soil mix.Eucomis bicolor
From tropical southern Africa. Spikes to 2 ft. tall; green flowers with purple-edged petals. Attractive, wavy-edged leaves to 1 ft. long, 3–4 in. wide.
More open and sprawling than P. aequalis, with loose clusters of orange to red flowers. ...
Hybrids between the P. aequalis and P. capensis. ‘African Queen’ ha...
From South Africa. Woody-based perennials that die to the ground in cold climates, remain shrubby in m...